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Change the Number of Recent Items Shown on the Windows 7 / Vista Start Menu

If you are moving from XP to Windows 7 or Window vista, you may need some help with the changes to the Start Menu. Now I have put together a list of some useful tips that will help you take control and master the Start Menu in Windows 7 and Vista.

So, if you have ever wonder how to configure the number of documents shown on the Recent Items menu, I’m here for your help. The default value is rest to show 10 documents, but you can enlarge that with a registry tweak.
What we are varying here is the amount of documents shown in the menu!!!

Manual Registry Tweak...

Open up regedit.exe through the start menu search box, and then navigate down to the following key, creating it if it does not exist.

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer

Insert a new DWORD 32-bit value named MaxRecentDocs into the right-hand pane, and then double-click to open it up.
To set the value, you will first require changing Base to Decimal, and then you can enter any value you want. For example, if you want to set it to 50, enter that into the Value data field.

Currently I am not entirely sure what will happen if you set it to a huge number… I’d stick with something like 20.

Note: the same tweak works in Windows 7 as well, even though the screenshots are from Vista.


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