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Where is the ArcMap Recent File List stored and can it be reset?
Warning: The instructions below include making changes to essential parts of your operating system. It is recommended that you backup your operating system and files, including the registry, before proceeding. Consult with a qualified computer systems professional, if necessary. Esri cannot guarantee results from incorrect modifications while following these instructions; therefore, use caution and proceed at your own risk.The ArcMap Recent File List, visible on the ArcMap startup dialog box as well as in the File menu, is generated and updated when map documents are opened. It is stored in the registry in the following locations:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ESRI\ArcMap\Recent File ListArcGIS 10.0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ESRI\Desktop10.0\ArcMap\Recent File ListArcGIS 10.1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ESRI\Desktop10.1\ArcMap\Recent File List