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Tom Paris
  • Tom Paris

    Tom Paris - 2011-02-10

    Okay folks, sorry if this has already been discussed but from my searches I
    couldn't find anything related to my issue \ question.

    In XP and before (I never used Vista, went from XP to 7) when you would open
    up an office document, picture, video file, etc, most would appear in recent
    documents, right under my documents. And when you'd want to clear them you
    would have the option by right clicking on the task bar and going from there.

    Well I searched the options and couldn't find the feature. I specifically
    clicked on a a bunch of media files, office documents, etc, and didn't see
    them under my documents when I clicked on documents from the start bar. Am I
    simply missing this option or does it not exist at all? Naturally I've come to
    rely on it.

    Anyway, sorry if I droned on. I LOVE this program for the very fact that it
    exists. So thank you in advance.

  • xpclient

    xpclient - 2011-02-10

    Go to Classic Start Menu settings of Classic Shell, click All Settings radio
    button then go to Customize Start Menu tab. From the right column, drag the
    item called "Recent Items" to under "DocumentsItems" in the left column. Now
    your recent document history will show up. To clear the recent document
    history, right click the Documents folder from the Start menu and click "Clear
    Recent Items List". Hope this helps.

    Note that, unlike XP's "Clear" button in Start menu and Taskbar settings, this
    does not clear your Run history, it only clears your recent document history.

  • xpclient

    xpclient - 2011-02-10

    Sorry, ignore that previous reply. It's completely wrong. I got confused
    once again between the item called "Recent Items" in the right column which
    is actually the MRU Programs list, but which I thought was Recent document

    If you have the "DocumentsItem" present in your Classic Start Menu (it's there
    by default), go to Windows' Taskbar and Start Menu Properties, Start Menu tab
    and check "Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and the
    taskbar" checkbox. The method to clear the history is the same as written

  • xpclient

    xpclient - 2011-02-10

    Also in Classic Start Menu settings, on Special Items tab, Max recent
    documents should not be 0 or they won't show.

  • Tom Paris

    Tom Paris - 2011-02-12

    Helllllooooo and thank you for your help! And a big 10-four on your flub as I
    did the same, which I noticed when I was reading, and going through, your

    "Oh geeze, it's just not gonna work for me." I thought to myself as goes my
    luck, but not this time. All your options worked like a charm and I'll copy
    and paste this into a good old fashioned text document for future formats.

    Now, if I still have your attention and or anyone else who doesn't mind
    holding me by the virtual hand, there's one last thing that I'm curious to see
    if its tweak-able.

    With the explorer settings, is there somewhere to add "folders" as an option.
    You know, my computer is on the desktop, you double click it to explore, but
    you don't necessarily need to go through the tree but the folders themselves
    in their own pane, which can simply be done by clicking on the folders option
    which used to be in the "standard buttons" right next to search.

    I hope I'm explaining this correctly. There are just times when I don't need
    the tree, not often, but its a feature I miss. So thanks again xp-client!

  • Anonymous - 2011-02-12

    If I understand correctly, you want the "Folders" button back so you can
    toggle what MS calls the "navigation pane"? See if this thread helps: http://
    It requires a registry tweak so a button gets added to the Explorer command
    bar, not to Classic Shell's toolbar.

  • Tom Paris

    Tom Paris - 2011-02-12

    Bleh, so close, and yet, not so much:} First, you explained it perfectly,
    there are just times I want to toggle back and fourth between the nav pane.
    When I open explorer I have it set one way, but a lot of times I like being
    able to simply double click on my computer and not have the tree.

    Anyway, the other link was helpful but of course my bad luck got in the way.
    First, I wasn't able to execute the file, win kept stopping me. "Not all data
    was written to the registry..." So I tried to follow the directions but I
    wasn't able to add a new key as I don't have permissions. Now you mentioned it
    in that thread, and I did add the take permissions to the standard shell, but
    it doesn't seem to work for the registry. So I'm guessing that option doesn't
    extend to that or there's another script I need to run.

    As always, thank you in advance!

  • Anonymous - 2011-02-13

    I think your user account must be an admin account (is it?) and you have to
    take ownership before setting permissions. Do this to take ownership and set
    1. Right click the HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderTypes key and click Permissions.
    2. Click Advanced button then Owner tab. Change the Owner to your user account and check "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects" and click Apply.
    3. Then come to the Permissions tab, again select your user account, click Edit, check "Full control", click OK, then check "Replace all child permissions....." then click OK.
    Now, try adding the registry keys to add the button or try merging the reg

  • Tom Paris

    Tom Paris - 2011-02-15

    I'm sorry, you have been absolutely helpful, but I guess we're reaching my
    computing limit. I believe I was eventually able to add the values mentioned
    in the other thread, the TasksNoItemsSelected and the TasksItemsSelected under
    the folder you suggested. Then I downloaded that reg file from the other
    source and ran it, I believe it did add some new data to the new keys I added
    but I still received a warning from windows that it didn't work.

    Obviously I'm missing something, so let me ask you this... Is there a reg file
    out there that will simply add what I need without having to combine that file
    and manual editing?

  • Anonymous - 2011-02-15

    You can edit that file yourself. Putting that reg file by exporting all
    canonical types took a lot of time so I don't feel like doing it again. I know
    it's very long and cluttered. For the generic folder canonical type which is
    what 95%+ folders will be, you can try merging this:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



  • Tom Paris

    Tom Paris - 2011-02-17

    Okay first, I appreciate all your help... I think I got it, I believe through
    the edits in the regedit I'm able to go to organize, layout, and deselect
    navigation pane... Now tell me, was that there before or was it added through
    your edits? I still don't have an icon on one of the bars but this is more
    than enough as I now can open up computer quickly and have it without the
    tree, and open explorer and have it with the tree.

    Wow, so much time and effort to make things the old way but honestly, it is
    what it is. I'm more efficient this way and God knows I've learned enough new
    stuff and adapted! Anyway, thanks again!

  • Anonymous - 2011-02-17

    The one in Organize menu is there by default. I assumed you knew about it and
    wanted an even faster way to toggle it (similar to the Folders button in XP).
    My bad. Would have saved us this whole exercise of permissions and registry
    editing. :-)

  • Tom Paris

    Tom Paris - 2011-02-18

    Lol, its you I feel more badly considering all your work, but again I
    appreciate the help... And its nice to know that its there by default, and I
    won't lie, the button does make it easier.

    Anyway I have another issue or two but I'll start a new thread, too many tired
    eyes with this one!

  • xpclient

    xpclient - 2014-04-06

    @Tom Paris, Good news. The latest Classic Shell 4.0.6 has a built-in button now to toggle the folder/navigation pane as well as the Details pane and the Preview pane.


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