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4. Tinkering Techniques > 4.2. Covering Your Tracks

Covering Your Tracks

In nearly every part of the interface, Windows keeps a history of your activity, from a drop-down list of typed commands in the Address Bar to the Recent Documents list in the Start Menu. The problem is there’s no apparent way to control this record-keeping. Using the Registry and a number of tricks, it’s possible to control some of these features and even wipe out the history at your whim.

Note that the drop-down list that appears in File-Save and File-Open dialogs when you type into the File name field is not actually a history of previously selected or typed files. Instead, it’s an auto-complete mechanism that fills in the field as you type, using the names of the files in the current folder.


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