As far as I know, deleting a file is done by the OP, not by any specific program... In any case, it's difficult to help you if you don't provide details of your setup and your problem.
What Claudio says is true. However, in most cases if you reboot your computer you should be able to delete the problemsome fiel.
I have opened and closed reader at least 10 times since this problem first showed up. As I see it, the problem appears to be the fact that the delete option in edit is unavailable. One more thing. This file was accessed on the internet. I believe I opened it to my computer instead of downloading it. I think if I had downloaded it, the file would be somewhere in my hard drive. So now the question remains, how do I get rid of the file reference? I do not want the document to show in the "open a recent file" section of the main screen.
Please traverse to Edit > Preferences > Documents and change the "Documents in recently used list" value to 0, from within Adobe Reader.
I tried what you suggested. When I changed the setting to zero, a dialog
box popped up and said the value must be at least 1.
A crude way to do this can be to delete this registry listing:
Also if you want that a particular PDF doesn't list there, just set the Edit > Preferences > Documents and "Documents in recently used list" value to 1 and open any other PDF after it.
Also to request new features or suggest modifications to existing features, use adobe's wish form at:
This is fine to do this. However, I still think that if you download a
PDF file and later you decide to delete the file from your hard drive,
you should be able to right click on the "Open a Recent File" listing
within Adobe reader X for the particular file and delete it. Right now
you can't. Clicking on a deleted file within the PDF "Open a Recent
File" list that has been deleted will display a file not found message.
I realize it's a minor inconvenience but it's still a nuisance that
could have been dealt with. I have tried to find some area of Adobe web
services to inform them of this issue, but I haven't been able to find