How to remove items from Frequent Places list from Windows 8 File Explorer

Windows 8 has brought a lot of new features in File Explorer. Someone was asking me the other day, about how to remove the Frequent places list from the File explorer in Windows 8. Frequent places are listed in Windows 8 File Explorer, when you click on the ‘File’ tab.


Looking at the screenshot, the first thing you might try is to click on ‘Delete History’ shown along with the Frequent places list, which provides options for clearing  Recent places list and the Address bar history.


If you try with ‘Recent places list’, it wont remove what we want to remove, ie the items in the ‘Frequent places’ list. Because Frequent places is not the same Recent places list. This Frequent places list is connected with the Jump lists properties.

For this, right-click on Taskbar , click on Properties for Taskbar Properties and click on ‘Jump Lists’ tab


Now uncheck ‘Store and display recently opened items in Jump Lists’ and you will see ‘Number of recent items to display in Jump Lists’ turns to 0. Click Apply/OK.

You will see that the items in the list gets removed from File Explorer!


If you don’t want the List to be removed completely, you can just reduce or increase the ’Number of recent items to display in Jump Lists’, keeping the ‘Store and display recently opened items in Jump Lists’  checked.

If you keep it checked but set the ’Number of recent items to display in Jump Lists:’ to 0, the list gets cleared for now, but will populate again and show the new list as you start using the File Explorer.

This is a small tip but will surely help those are confused as to how to go about clearing this ‘Frequent Places’ list.

Hope this helps!

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