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    Clear recent file list?

    Hi, all
    I'm a teacher and often save files before transferring them to a USB memory stick.
    When I am working, I often find a long list of files that I have already deleted.
    I realise it's not a critical issue, but is there a way of clearing the list of recent files?
    Thanks, in advance. You are all so supportive.
    David

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    Re: Clear recent file list?

    If you're using Unity:
    Code:
    rm ~/.local/share/zeitgeist/activity.sqlite
    zeitgeist-daemon --replace
    If you are using Classic UI or Gnome Shell:
    Code:
    rm ~/.local/share/recently-used.xbel
    Cheesemill

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    Re: Clear recent file list?

    Hi
    Thanks for the reply. I did choose Lubuntu in the drop down list, but it hasn't appeared here.
    Anyway, Lubuntu 12.04.
    So, I don't know if your post will help. I don't want to try until I'm sure I won't mess up my system (although I know a reinstall is easy).
    Thanks
    David

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    Re: Clear recent file list?

    It may well be the 2nd option above.

    To check just navigate to the ~/.local/share/ directory and open the file recently-used.xbel with a text editor. If it doesn't exist then it's obviously not the correct file and you'll have to wait for another answer. If it contains a list of your recent files in xml format then you know it's the correct file to delete.
    Cheesemill

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    Re: Clear recent file list?

    Hi
    Thanks for the reply.
    I'm about to go to sleep, have a very early start tomorrow.
    Will try this when I get back from work.
    Thanks, again
    David

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    Re: Clear recent file list?

    By the way, I love Reepham!

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