April 27, 2010 · General · Email This Post

This tutorial will explain how to disable Recent Documents in Places in Ubuntu 10.04

Open the terminal and run the following commands

Create .gtkrc-2.0 file in your home directory

$touch ~/.gtkrc-2.0

Edit .gtkrc-2.0 file

$gedit ~/.gtkrc-2.0

Add the following line


Save and exit the file

You can also use ubuntu tweak for this

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9 Comments to “Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid):How to disable Recent Documents in Places”

  1. Fritz says:

    Nice! I did this up to Karmic by making “.recently-used.xbel” a directory instead of a file, but that causes just about everything to complain when it runs. I’ll give this a shot.

  2. scouser73 says:

    The best way I find is to use Ubuntu Tweak.

    Go to Gnome Settings, and uncheck Enable system-wide “Recent documents list”

  3. Bostoncraig says:


    In the past I’d used chattr on .recently-used.xbel, but there were always annoying error messages that frightened the easily frighten-able.

  4. Hans says:

    Sorry, I cannot do this. I get “permission denied” as root.

  5. Hans says:

    I am root (sudo -i) and after following your instructions I get “permission denied”. I have also the file. This does not work, but my documents unfortunately still do.

  6. Nic says:

    This works just fine, thanks.

  7. Rushyang says:

    It Works super fine.. Thanks.

    @ People,
    Just create a file in your home directory. There’s no need to be root.

  8. Riko says:

    Not working since 10.10 🙁
    Any solutions?

  9. Cléber says:

    Nice. It worked for me. Ubuntu 10.10. =)

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