Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid):How to disable Recent Documents in Places

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 Responses

  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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