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    Recent Files (XP)

    For the life of me I can't find a reason for having a set of files in these folders; I've taken to deleting the contents on a regular basis with no apparent harmful effects, except for a faster backup procedure. If left too long it might contribute to longer times to boot.

    My base logic is that since the MSOffice MRU lists (in the File menus) are limited to 9 entries, having 5,024 shortcut links in a folder isn't going to help all that much. I'd be interested to hear how many files you've found in your folders.

    <pre>REM XPCleaner.bat Christopher Greaves March 26 2005
    :: Clean out well-known folders to reduce boot/reboot time
    echo y|del "Cocuments and SettingsChris GreavesApplication DataMicrosoftOfficeRecent*.*"
    echo y|del "Cocuments and SettingsChris GreavesLocal SettingsTemp*.*"
    echo y|del "Cocuments and SettingsChris GreavesRecent*.*"
    REM end of XPCleaner.bat </pre>


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    Re: Recent Files (XP)

    Chris

    You aren't keeping up with the times!

    In XP, you can just use<pre>del /q "Cocuments and SettingsChris GreavesRecent*.*"</pre>

    ... and so on. (Saves all that typing...!)

    John
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    Re: Recent Files (XP)

    The MRU lists for Word, Excel etc. are maintained in the Registry, not in Cocuments and Settings<username>Application DataMicrosoftOfficeRecent. This folder is displayed when you click History in the File | Open or File | Save As dialog.
    It's annoying that Microsoft hasn't provided a simple option to clear this folder.

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    Re: Recent Files (XP)

    > when you click History

    Now that would have been useful any time before the last reboot (sad grin!). Thanks.

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    Re: Recent Files (XP)

    > You aren't keeping up with the times!

    True; but at least I'm still switchable. And anyway (sniff!), I didn't type. I pasted it from one of my old DOS6.2 batch files. So There!

    <pre>set resp=N
    echo %resp%|del *.*
    pause
    set resp=Y
    echo %resp%|del *.*</pre>


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