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How To Clear The Contents Of The Start Menu Documents List

When you click on the Start Button, you will see a Documents Icon that expands into a Menu of items. This Documents Menu keeps track of and automatically creates pointers to recently opened files, such as Text Files, Picture Files, Word Documents etc. Depending on how often you open up files, this Menu can become lengthy. Therefore, this technical brief will help you clear the contents of this Documents Menu.

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For Windows XP

  1. Begin by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then click on the Control Panel icon located in the right column of the Start Menu.
  3. Now click on the Taskbar and Start Menu icon to display its Menu Properties Window.
  4. If your Start Menu is set to the Classic View, then begin by clicking on the Start Button.
  5. Then click on Settings, then click on the Taskbar and Start Menu icon to display its Properties.
  6. Now, click on the Start Menu Tab at the top of the screen.
  7. Then Click on the Customize button at the bottom right hand side of the screen.
  8. Now click on the Clear button located on the right hand center of the screen.
  9. Notice how the Clear button shades gray denoting that your documents menu is now cleared.
  10. This will also clear all recently accessed documents, programs and websites.
  11. Now click the OK button at the bottom of the screen to close the Start Menu Window.
  12. Then click the OK button at the bottom of the screen to close the Taskbar Properties Window.
  13. Then Reboot your computer for the changes to take full effect.

Note: If you only want to remove some of the document pointers for Windows XP, you can do so by using My Computer or the Windows Explorer. Simply browse to and open the C:\Documents and Settings\Your User Name\Recent folder and select and delete any shortcuts you wish to remove. And "Your User Name" as depicted above will be whatever name you assigned to yourself for Windows XP.

For Windows 98 And Windows Millennium

  1. Begin by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then click on Settings and then click on the Taskbar and Start Menu icon.
  3. This will open up the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties Window.
  4. For Windows 98, click on the Start Menu Programs Tab at the top of the screen.
  5. For Windows Millennium, click on the Advanced Tab at the top of the screen.
  6. Now click on the Clear button located on the lower right hand side of the screen.
  7. Notice how the Clear button shades gray denoting that your documents menu is now cleared.
  8. Therefore, your recently accessed documents, programs and websites are now cleared.
  9. Now click the OK button at the bottom of the screen to close the Taskbar Properties Window.
  10. Then Reboot your computer for the changes to take full effect.

Note: The above method removes all the document shortcuts from the Documents Menu. If you only want to remove some of the document pointers for Windows 98 and Windows Millennium, you can do so by using My Computer or the Windows Explorer. Simply browse to and open the C:\Windows\Recent folder and select and delete any shortcuts you wish to remove.

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