How to Delete Recent Documents in MS Paint in Windows 7

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Microsoft Paint is a program included with all versions of Microsoft Windows since Windows 95. The Windows 7 version of Microsoft Paint offers enhanced functionality, allowing you to crop your documents and save to a wide range of file formats. When you edit a document in Paint, it saves the document's location in a recently accessed documents list. This can violate your privacy if others make use of the system. You can delete the list of recent documents in the Windows registry.

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  1. 1

    Open the Start menu and type "regedit" in the search bar.

  2. 2

    Click "regedit" from the result list, then click "Yes" or supply your administrative password if prompted by Windows.

  3. 3

    Click the "plus" symbol next to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER", followed by "Software", "Microsoft", "Windows", "CurrentVersion", "Applets," and "Paint".

  4. 4

    Right click the key labelled "Recent File List" on the left of the screen and click "Delete." Click "Yes" when asked to confirm the action. Your Microsoft Paint history has now been erased.

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