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How do you delete recent file history on adobe reader?

Aug 5, 2011 7:59 PM

How to clear recent file history  on adobe reader

 
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    Sep 30, 2011 11:59 AM   in reply to waynagen

    It is a shame that Adobe does not have any options to clear the recent files listing.

    But I did come up with this workable solution.

    I wrote the following registry file, and you just double-click this "reg" file to clear all "Recent File" listings.

    Close the Adobe program before double-clicking the "reg" file.

    Now when you open your program the "Recent File" listings will be all clear.

     

    For Acrobat and Acrobat Pro:

    In Notepad, copy and paste the following 2 lines between the dashed lines, then save it as "Adobe Acrobat Clear Recent.reg"

    Include the quotes.

     

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------- -----------------------------------------------------------

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\10.0\AVGeneral\cRecentFiles]

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------

     

     

    For Adobe Reader:

    In Notepad, copy and paste the following 2 lines between the dashed lines, then save it as "Adobe Reader Clear Recent.reg"

    Include the quotes.

     

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\AVGeneral\cRecentFiles]

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------

     

    Good luck and enjoy!

    John from Colorado

     
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    Sep 30, 2011 7:59 PM   in reply to waynagen

    CCleaner can do that for you.

     
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    Aug 20, 2012 1:18 AM   in reply to waynagen

    What you can do is remove your access rights the "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\10.0\AVGeneral\cRecentFiles" key in the registry.

     

    Not actually cleaning out the last opened list, more like stopping the list getting created in the first place.

     

    1. Open regedit
    2. Navigate to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\10.0\AVGeneral\cRecentFiles"
    3. Delete any subkeys you find there to clear out old history
    4. In the left pane, right click on "cRecentFiles" & select "Permissions"
    5. Click "Advanced"
    6. Untick "Include inheritable permissions ..." & click "Add" when the dialog is displayed
    7. Select the entry corresponding to your user name on the list & click "Remove"
    8. Click "OK" twice & you are good to go

     

    Really dont understand why Adobe dont provide an option to do this.

     
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    Mar 10, 2014 7:58 AM   in reply to waynagen

    There is a way to remove the list of Recent Documents: After opening an Adobe .pdf document, click on Edit at the top of the screen, then click on Preferences at the bottom, then at the top choose Documents.  On the right side of the screen, it will say "Documents in recently used list" with a number in the box. Change that number to one (1), because it won't allow you to put zero.

     
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