My Documents recent list

By asdfasdfasdf · 9 replies
Jan 17, 2009
  1. Hi, I know this may be a noob question, but I was wondering how to enable the documents list. I would like the things that I open to be available in Documents, so I have easier access to my pictures, for example. However, I do not know how to do that. I am talking about the documents which is just located right after clicking the start button. I run Windows 2000, so please... no solutions that are for Windows XP and later. Ever since I used CCleaner to clean up some space, anything I have opened up does not go directly to the documents menu. One thing I have learned is never used CCleaner for anything except for cleaning up the local temp folders.
  2. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    Here ya go. click here

    And when you next start CCleaner, note all the options it provides (via the check boxes) as to what it should it delete. So you probably want to UNCHECK
    - Windows Explorer, Recent Documents
    - Internet Explorer, History
    - Internet Explorer, Recently Typed URLs
  3. asdfasdfasdf

    asdfasdfasdf TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    I apparently have unchecked the items you listed. I even tried out the solution in the link you sent. I clicked on Expand My Documents. When I open a media or a clip, for example, it doesn't get recorded in the Start Documents. I tried this a long time ago. I'm not sure, but could it be a registry thing? I have wondered if it had to do with the registry, but I never bothered with it because registeries seem like a mess for me.
  4. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    Is it possibly you are confusing All Programs which show when you click Start? My Documents usually appears on the Start menu.

    You can do some customizing this way:
    Right click on the Taskbar> Properties> Start menu tab> Customize> Advanced button> try checking the 'show as menu' options here.
    When through> OK> Apply> OK

    The reference site given is for Windows 2000- it will be different in Windows XP.
  5. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    You missed earlier detail...
    I believe they're looking for a Win2000 solution

    /* Edit */
    In any case, do check out the distinctions Bobbye noted. does sound like you may be confusing Menu items
    p.s. all the various menu options ARE saved in the registry...but the customizations for the Menu interface do the registry changes for you. You should find what you need via the menu customization screens
  6. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    OH. i amend my last statement.

    Why don't you also try download TweakUI for Windows 2000. I still think, yes, you're confusing some menu items but you'll find far more customizations available via TweakUI
  7. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    I did. My apology.
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    "Restore Recent Documents"
    Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it and answer yes to the import prompt.

    Note: You may need to Right click the following link and select Save As

    Works for both 2000 and Xp
    By the way, you can also set the MaxRecentDocs to any value (default is 15)
    Read here:

    To delete Recent Documents list (for Windows 2000):

    • Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Taskbar & Start Menu.
    • Click the Advanced tab.
    • In Customize Start menu, click Clear.

    Just for reference:

    To clear Recent Documents list (for Windows XP):

    • Right-clicking the Start button and choose "Properties".
    • Then click "Customize".
    • Click the "Advanced" tab
    • Click "Clear List" and then click "OK"
  9. asdfasdfasdf

    asdfasdfasdf TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    I think the reg did the trick; however, my last and only problem is why won't my clips and songs won't be added to the documents recent list. It's pretty tiring when I have to go through my Windows Explorer to get to my videos or songs. =\... Everything else works though(eg. pics, rar files, and doc files). I also would like to thank all of you for taking time to help me out! :D
  10. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    Nahhh. No apology needed.. Have done same. Easy to skim a post and miss something on occasion. Was just clarifying. Not criticizing.
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