Windows 10: Why would a file I haven't opened be listed under Recent Files in File Explorer?

Discus and support Why would a file I haven't opened be listed under Recent Files in File Explorer? in AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security to solve the problem; Why would File Explorer show a file name under Recent Files that I haven't opened? The file is from a deep folder tree so not an errant click on my... Discussion in 'AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security' started by RPHardy, Sep 7, 2020.

  1. RPHardy Win User

    Why would a file I haven't opened be listed under Recent Files in File Explorer?


    Why would File Explorer show a file name under Recent Files that I haven't opened? The file is from a deep folder tree so not an errant click on my part. I've run a full virus scan plus a remote scan and both check out okay.

    :)
     
    RPHardy, Sep 7, 2020
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  2. slozomby Win User

    Recent File List

    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file1

    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file2
    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file3
    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file4
    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file5
    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file6
    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file7
    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file8
    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file9
    ...

    you get the idea. ( too lazy to put it in a for loop and test it.

    or just open regedit and remove all the fileX from that key.
     
    slozomby, Sep 7, 2020
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  3. eidairaman1, Sep 7, 2020
    #3
  4. slozomby Win User

    Why would a file I haven't opened be listed under Recent Files in File Explorer?

    Recent File List

    to prevent it from autopopulating try making the reg key
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List read only
     
    slozomby, Sep 7, 2020
    #4
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