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Tip of the Week: How to Reset the Recent Documents List

This InDesign tip how to reset the recent documents list was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on June 1, 2017.

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This great tip was passed on to us from one of the attendees at last week’s InDesign Conference.

Ever wish you could reset the list of recent documents in InDesign’s File menu? Here’s how.

In the File Handling pane of InDesign’s Preferences dialog box set the Number of Recent Items to Display to zero. Click OK to close the dialog box.

Then reopen Preferences and change the number of Recent Items to Display to whatever you want. You don’t need to quit and restart InDesign. The old list of documents will be erased and InDesign will keep track of the list of documents you open from that point forward.


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6 Comments on “Tip of the Week: How to Reset the Recent Documents List

  1. Thank you for your great tip it took me a while but i eventully got it .after edit /then preferences was all the way at the bottom of the edit menu and it was piece of cake afterwards that was great!!!

  2. But they’re still in the registry…


  3. Mine only lets me increase it to 30 recents, not any number I want. I thought that if I changed it to show only one page or if the thumbnails were smaller I could have more than 30 show, but it still limited the recents to 30. (What I would like even better is if if I could set it to the files opened in the last 30 days.)

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