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raybro

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Just noticed the list of most recent programs opened on my XP Home Start menu is blank. Checked the settings and it should be listing the last 9 programs. Changed the number to 4 and opened a few apps, still none listed. I've used this a number of times in the past, but not recently. See the thumbnail.

Any ideas?

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it can depend where your opening them from... are you opening them from their Start Menu shortcut or from another shortcut location, perhaps a desktop shortcut?
 

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it can depend where your opening them from... are you opening them from their Start Menu shortcut or from another shortcut location, perhaps a desktop shortcut?
I've tried various ways to open, including opening Windows Explorer and launching from the executable. Aside from that, as I said, it has worked in the past and in day to day use I have been using a Fast Launch utility for a very long time.

Any other ideas???

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Raybro,

Check these settings if you have TweakUI installed.

TweakUI
[+] Explorer

? Allow Recent Documents on Start menu
[[This check box enables the display of “Documents” on the classic start
menu and enables the “List my most recently opened documents” checkbox on
the Start menu customization dialog.]]

? Clear document history on exit
[[This check box will control whether Explorer will clear the recent
documents history, run dialog history and typed-URL history when
you log off]]

? Maintain document history
[[This enables the tracking of recently opened documents on the Start menu
and on the file menu of many applications. (Note that some applications do
not respect this setting). ]]

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/35009-45-recently-programs-gone

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Thanks for the tomshardware link, Tufenuf. In reading through the site I found out what I'm missing is properly called the "Most Frequently Used" program list (MFU), not most recently used programs list, as I called it. So, to be clear, we are talking about program applications, not documents.

In any event, TweakUI settings are OK and I looked at the registry keys discussed in this site regarding the MFU. The NoStartMenuMFUprogramsList & NoInstrumentation values do not exist in my registry, so that is not the problem.

'Preciate all the input so far... Still looking for ideas.

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Raybro, Start Menu Properties>Customize>General tab change the number of programs to 0 click OK/Apply/OK then restart your computer. Now go back and change the number to 6 or higher, click OK/Apply/OK. See if that works.

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Raybro, Start Menu Properties>Customize>General tab change the number of programs to 0 click OK/Apply/OK then restart your computer. Now go back and change the number to 6 or higher, click OK/Apply/OK. See if that works.

Tufenuf
Good try, Tufenuf, but no joy. After going through the sequence, I launched from the executables in Windows Explorer for 5 different programs. List still empty.:( :confused: :mad:

Obviously, I can live with it, but it bugs me. Raybro
 
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