How to Remove Recently Accessed Folders From Windows Explorer

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How to Remove Recently Accessed Folders From Windows Explorer
Windows 7 records each folder that you open. (trade and balance folder image by Alexey Klementiev from

Windows 7 includes a new feature that displays a link allowing you to quickly look at a list of the folders that you have recently viewed on the computer. This feature is called "Recent Places," and you can access it from the "Favorites" section of an open Windows Explorer window. While this feature may be convenient, it also carries a potential privacy risk. Windows 7 gives you the ability to empty the "Recent Places" list when needed, in the event that you want to prevent others from seeing those recently viewed folders.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Click the blue Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the desktop.

  2. 2

    Click "Computer" on the right side of the Start menu. A new Windows Explorer window appears. Under the "Favorites" category in the upper-left corner of the Windows Explorer window, you will see the entry for "Recent Places."

  3. 3

    Right-click the "Recent Places" folder, and then click "Clear Recent Items List." Windows 7 removes the list of recently accessed folders from the Recent Places folder.

Tips and warnings

  • Windows 7 also maintains a list of the recent files you have opened. These files are displayed under the "Recent Items" entry on the Start menu. You can clear your recent items using the same method described in this article; right-click the folder, and then click "Clear Recent Items List." Although Windows Vista does not have a "Recent Places" link in Windows Explorer, Vista does have a "Recent Items" start menu entry, which you can also clear using this method.

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