Trashing the prefs clears the InDesign SavedData file which is what holds the open recent list, so you killed it yourself if there was one when you tried that, but it sounds like more than that going on.
What version of ID? Do you have the latest patch? Any third-party plugins installed (including a font manager)? Does Windows itself show you a recent files list?
Sorry for the basic questions, Eugene, didn't notice it was you...
Yeh I've been trying for a few hours now to get it working.
I open several docs - they showed up in the Recent List and on the Welcome Screen.
Close InDesign - Reopen - the Recent List has been cleared.
I closed InDesign again - restarted it and thrashed the prefs.
Again attempted to load the Recent List with a few documents.
Close/Reopen InDesign and again the list disappears.
Everything is fully patched and up to date.
Sounds like it might be a Windows registry setting someplace (which might be accessible through Personalize) that is telling Windows itself not to save a list.
Just for fun, after you get a list built, and before you close ID, make a copy of SavedData. Close ID and compare the size, then check to be sure the list is gone, close ID again, and replace the new SavedDat file with your copy and see if the list reappears.
And I presume you've verified that your ID prefs are actually set to show some number of recent files under File Handling/ Maybe change that number and see if it makes a difference.
Do recent documents show up in the MRU list in the Start menu of Windows?
And you have exited, restarted ID and opened files, maybe making a small change and resaving them? Small change like adding a space and deleted (not undoing) the space then saving?
That doesn't work either.
No idea, then.
It has long been an issue with ID (going back to XP) when someone is using something like PowerToys to instruct Windows to not have the Windows MRU list populated that ID would therefore also not have its MRU populated.
There is a registry hack (for Windows), but if I recall, that was just a way to make Windows' MRU populate and therefore applications see theirs. As you have it on and it works, I don't think that applies.
Rebooting made no difference.
The recent list shows in the Windows Start Menu.
But not in InDesign.
Did you try my game with the copies?
Where is that file located?
C:\Users\<USER>\AppData\Local\Adobe\InDesign\<Version #>\<Language>\Caches\ unless your user profile is on a different drive
The file is always 52kb.
OK, the point of the game was to try to make a copy of the file while it has a recent list, then see if copying it back into the directory with ID closed will show you a list. If it doesn't either there's no list being saved (but you say you see one until you close ID), or ID is killing it when saves the file or when it opens.
I just tried to do it, and it's a non-starter, though. ID is only writing out the file when it closes so there's no way to get a list while in-session, and you can't paste a copy while ID is open, either.
Does the time stamp change on the SavedData file when you close ID?
Yeh the save file is being generated.
And I can check the MRU in the registry and the files are generating the MRU registry.
Well I just went into the Preferences>File Handling
I changed from 10 to 20
And I changed it to All Pages.
When I do this - close InDesign and restart - the Preferences reset back to 10 and the smaller thumbnail.
I.e., it's not remembering the preference setting I've set - or it's being reset on launch.
I've also just tried to change from Millimeters to CM in the units - and that has too reverted back to MM for the default units.
Hmmm - something about the preferences file not being saved somehow?
Seems to only remember the Recent List and the preferenecs settings (spelling, autocorrect etc.) when the program is open.
When I close the programme and restart - the lists are cleared, and preferences are stored to their original settings.
It happens when you relaunch, even if the computer didn't restart? And the timestamp on the files is changing when you quit ID?
I can change the preferences with no docs open. But as soon as I launch InDesign again they revert to their original state.
And the recent list doesn't seem to remain either.
I've dumped that Cache folder I don't know how many times.
I closed InDesign - dumped the Cache folder - rebooted and still didn't work.
Dumped Cache folder - then held down CTRL ALT SHIFT
Still nothing is working to make these stick - and the recent list to remain.
I was beginning to think it was a background utility (like A/V) interfering with writing the prefs, but if the time stamp is changing that seems unlikely (though I would also expect the file size to change if with the additon of a recent list, so maybe it really is external).
Try disabling the security sofware. And have you tried a new user yet? Do you have admin rights on this account?
Ok - I'll talk to IT about the a/v and security that's running.
Could be the issue.
Any info could be great help.