June 29, 2008

Windows XP – how to turn off the Start – Documents Menu

The Start > Documents menu in Windows lists the documents (files) you've most recently accessed. According to Annoyances.org's instructions for turning off the Document menu:

right click on taskbar->properties->start menu tab->customize->advanced

then, uncheck 'list my recently opened documents'

I went crazy with this, as following those instructions took me to the full tree list of Local Disk C … with nowhere to check or uncheck anything.

What they don't say is that, in order to use those instructions, you've got to be using the standard start menu (rather than the Classic Start Menu). I am not a real fan of XP's standard start menu, and so had selected the Classic Start Menu ages ago. In that case, those instructions would go:

right click on taskbar->properties->start menu tab->customize->advanced

Click 'Start Menu'

then, uncheck 'list my recently opened documents'

And, of course, once you're done, you can re-select "Classic Start Menu".

[ADDED]: Oops. Once you reboot, Windows starts adding opened items to the Documents menu. <sigh>

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