How to delete recent documents in WordPad on Windows 10

Windows 10 Recent Documents List offers users quick access to their latest work.This feature is available in various Windows applications like Microsoft Microsoft WordPad, Microsoft Word, etc. But if you don’t clear it regularly, the list keeps piling up. So, here is a way to clear the Recent Documents List from WordPad .

The purpose of the Recent Items list is to make it easier for you to access your most recent work. So, instead of digging through the explorer, you can access it all in one click. However, if you think starting over is always helpful, do the following.

Delete recent documents in WordPad

Please note that the method requires changes to the registry entries. Serious problems can occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. So make sure you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before modifying it. Then you can restore the registry if a problem occurs.

Open the Run dialog box by pressing the Windows key + R key combination. Type “regedit” in the blank field of the Run dialog box and press Enter .

Then, when Registry Editor opens, navigate to the following address –

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Applets \ Wordpad

Expand the WordPad folder to find Recent Files and click to open it.

After that, in the right pane you will see a list – File1 , File2 . , .etc.

Right-click each entry separately and select the Delete option to delete the file.

Remember to leave the Default value throughout the entire process.

When done, close Registry Editor and exit.

Reboot your computer.

In the future, you should not see the list of WordPad files in the “Recent Documents” section.

This post will show you how to clear the Most Recently Used (MRU) lists

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