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I've moved some locations of catalogs and renamed some catalogs over the last year and would really like to clean up this list so that only the ones that I actually use show up in that list. There have been a few occasions where I accidentally imported into one of the "old" catalogs by clicking the wrong most recent option.
If you shut LR down then move the catalogs you don't want to show up to some other drive, preferably an external drive and then Disconnect that external drive, then restart LR they should be removed from the list.
Yes, but if you reconnect the drive with the unwanted catalog (in my case they are backups on an alternate drive) will they reappear? And, if so, how do you clear them from the list?
Delete the catalogs you no longer want or use.
They are backups
Version 6 of Lr saves Catalog Backups in ZIP files which are not recognized as 'working' catalogs (unless extracted)
Are you using an older version of Lr? Compressing 'old' catalogs to ZIP will 'hide' them from the "Recent" list.
Backups of your main LR catalog never appear in the Open Recent list. That is unless you opened them.
If these are old catalog that you don't ever plan on using or even backups of your main current catalog there is no reason to keep them. Just Delete them and be one with it.
AFAIK the only way to clear the Open Recent list is to delete or move the catalogs that are in that list.
May I ask why this list bothers you. It is only shown when you do File > Open Recent.
These are manual drag & drop backups
I have two catalogs and use them regularly. If there are duplicates in the mix with identical names there's a chance I'll be opening a backup accidentally and the whole system fails.
Problem was solved some time ago, but the reason it bothered me is because when LR did its updating, it left me with Version 2 of all of my catalogs, creating a massive list. It was simply annoying and in the way and I no longer wanted my active catalogs to be labeled as version 2.
You can name your catalog anything you want. And you can place it in any folder you want on any drive you want.
When I installed LR CC/6 and it updated my LR 5 catalog, which was named Lightroom 5 Catalog, it named it, IIRC, Lightroom Catalog, No number, and placed it in the same folder as the original LR 5 catalog.
I made a new folder called Lightroom 6 Catalog and copied the newly created created LR 6 catalog to the Lightroom 6 Catalog folder then changed the name of it to Lightroom 6 Catalog.
Is there an update on this to clear recent catalogs?