No See-Um Documents Anymore
If you desire, you can completely disable the menu function of the Start button to show your documents. This means of course, you will have to edit the Windows' Registry. Also be sure you use REGEDIT or a third party utility to export your Registry to another hard drive or folder for protection. Then follow these instructions:
- Access Start button, Run, then type regedit, and then the OK button or the Enter key.
- Select File, Export, then select location and name. Then hit the OK button to export a copy of your Registry.
- Locate HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer and then in the right pane,
right-mouse-click a blank area, select New.
- Then select Binary Value and type NoRecentDocsHistory and then hit the Enter key to create a new key value.
- Right-mouse-click the new value and select Modify
- In the Value data box, type exactly 01 00 00 00 (You will see four zeros there already. Just type the those eight numbers, and the spaces will be inserted automatically.) Then click OK.
- Now repeat these steps to add a NoRecentDocsMenu value: Right-mouse-click a blank area in the right pane; select New, Binary Value; name the value NoRecentDocsMenu; right-mouse-click the new value and select Modify; in the Value data box, type those same numbers (01000000); then click OK.
- Close the Registry Editor, restart Windows 98.
Now click Start, and that Documents list is nowhere in sight (and neither is the Windows\Recent
folder that used to hold the contents of the Documents menu) either, it has now been permanent disabled. To reverse the process, you will have to back into REGEDIT and remove the 2 new added keys.
This tip comes from Tip World, creator unknown.
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Date of last revision: 3 August 2001.