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Clear Recent Files in Illustrator Issue

Explorer ,
Aug 13, 2017 Aug 13, 2017

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Question:

Is there a fix for this?

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Goal:

Clear Recently Open Files in Illustrator CC 2017

The First Steps I Took:

In Menu Bar...Illustrator CC>Preferences>File Handling & Clipboard

Change Number of Recent Files to Display from Default 20 to 0

Close Illustrator

Reopen Illustrator

Fixed!

Next Steps (Change Settings Back):

Open Illustrator Preferences

File Handling & Clipboard

Change Number of Recent Files from 0 to Back to the default of 20

Close Illustrator

Re-Open Illustrator

Problem:

The old history of 20 Recently Opened Files is back.

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STEP1: Preferences>File Handling & Clipboard

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Step 3:

Restart Illustrator (Close & Open Again)

Appears as though problem resolved

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What I wanted....but,

Step 4:

Go Back to Preferences...File Handling & Clipboard... Change back to 20

Quit Illustrator

Reopen Illustrator

Screen Shot 2017-08-13 at 7.13.34 AM.jpg

Problem: All of the old history returns

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Community Expert , Aug 13, 2017 Aug 13, 2017

mikejmurphy  wrote

Question:

Is there a fix for this?

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Goal:

Clear Recently Open Files in Illustrator CC 2017

Mike,

If it is imperative that you clear that list, here is one way:

  1. Quit Illustrator
  2. Relaunch, delelting Preferences as you do.
    Because you are on a Mac, hold down Cmd+Shift+Opt+Ctrl, then Open Illustrator. You won't get a dialog box as you do in ID and PS, but your recent files will be clear.

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Feb 11, 2024 Feb 11, 2024

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If you have one or more recent files in the list you don't want, say, your boss to see that you opened, one simple workaround is to open enough other Illustrator files until the offending one(s) are pushed off the bottom of the list.

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