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Windows XP includes a feature that keeps track of all recent documents
you have opened or used. The idea is that you can select Start/
Recent Documents History and quickly reopen any document you
have recently used. I use many documents each day and never use
the feature myself. In my opinion, I can keep up with what I want to
use without Windows XP doing it for me. The bad thing about Recent
Documents History is that Windows XP has to calculate what should
be put there each time you boot Windows, which can slow things
down. So, if you never use the Recent Documents History, it’s a good
idea to disable it. Here’s how:
1. Open the Registry Editor (select Start/Run, type regedit, and click
OK).
2. Navigate to EY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Mcft\Windows\
CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer.
3. Create a NoRecentDocsHistory D_WORD key. Double-click the
value to open it once it is created.
4. Set the Data Value to 1 to enable the restriction.
5. Click OK and close the Registry Editor. You’ll need to restart the
computer for the change to take effect.

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