How to clear the recently accessed documents in Adobe Reader X

Adobe Reader X displays recently accessed documents as part of the File menu.


If you want to clear the recently accessed documents in Adobe Reader, then you can use the Preferences settings to change this behaviour. In Adobe Reader, click Edit menu and select Preferences from the menu list


In the Preferences screen, navigate to document categories and then the Open settings section.


To clear the recently accessed document, set the value as zero for Documents in recently used list. Click OK button to apply and save the changes.

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9 comments… add one

  • Maria Dec 20, 2011, 9:26 pm

    Thank you so much for this tip, it was driving me crazy! :)

  • Sassan Oct 9, 2012, 2:34 pm

    This is exactly what i wanted!! without using the dangerous ”regedit”

    This work so much I had an error file with a horrible name that didn’t open or close because was and error temporary file but with this deletes it, this works so good thanks I went to adobe home page but they did not had the answer they said it was impossible, I used something similar on Microsoft windows a long time ago.

  • Venkat Oct 25, 2012, 11:38 am

    Oops…! Adobe doesn’t allow a zero.So forced to enter ‘1’

  • Manoj Oct 31, 2012, 4:10 pm

    No it doesn’t allow to enter the zero value. It describing that value should be 1-10

  • angry.private.customer Nov 19, 2012, 4:51 am

    this had made me extremely angry adobe because it’s nobody’s business what i read in adobe yet i have to deal with sharing my recently viewed file

    get it together now adobe!

  • Gene Trike Mar 16, 2014, 11:34 pm

    Thank You so much for this… it’s really helpful.. compare to regedit.


  • abhinav Dec 13, 2014, 1:41 am

    thnx this solution is great

  • abhinav Dec 13, 2014, 1:42 am

    thnx this solution is good

  • THOUFI Aug 1, 2015, 5:07 pm

    this trick was absulotely good
    Thank you for this

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