Step 1: If you open VLC and go to “Media”. You can see an option ‘Open recent media’ or “CLT+1” (refer below image) where you can access your recent history. We can disable it. I played some tutorial videos to take snapshot. Don’t preassume that I am a geek. 🙂 😛
Step 2: Go to ‘Tool’ >> ‘Preference’ >> Untick “Save recently played items” and ‘Save’ it.
Step 3: Now go to VLC “Media” again and you won’t see “Open recent media” option anymore since we have disabled this feature.
Step 4: But this is not the whole story. If you right click on VLC logo on taskbar you can still see your recent played videos. Refer to below image.
Step 5: We have to disable this feature as well. Now go to ‘Desktop’ and right click. You can see ‘Personalize’ option down below. Click on it and it will open a new window.
Step 6: Go to ‘Start’ and disable ‘Jump list option’ as shown in below image.
Step 7: We are done. Now go to VLC logo and do confirm before your proceed.
For windows 8,8.1 you can probably try Step 1,2 and 3 and then the below method which was commented by one of my readers but I am not sure whether it will work or not as I haven’t tried myself.
Go To taksbar–>rightclick—properties–Jump Lists—>disable both checkboxes
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36 thoughts on “How to permanently disable VLC recent played list on dock /taskbar on Windows 8 and 10”
thanks to help me in this matter for diabling the vlc list from taskbar vlc list
Thank you for sharing. You are good.
it was a pain in the neck… this is the first place that really show you the right way to do it
you are super
Sorry but this method sucks, I use jumplists to pin shortcuts to my network drives, if I disable this option I lose everything! I just want to disable it for VLC ONLY!
mark the VLC jumplist readonly in %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations instead of disabling them all (see my comment for explanation how)
Sorry but this method sucks! I use jumplists to pin my network drives to the folder Icon on the taskbar. If I use this option it disables everything!! I only want to disable VLC’s recent files!!
That’s one kind of fix I was looking for. Thanks a lot for sharing !
Well done! Finally a real fix.
thank you so much— spend lots of time clearing them out before
Welcome Carl. 🙂
Thanks very much. That was a perfect article and solved my issue.
thanks bro…..you really help me ….
I love you, you are a life saver
thx! we all know why we need it this lol… thank u thank u
Welcome buddy 🙂
Such an useful tips. Too easy to understand your steps and even a novice can implement the same. Thanks a lot.
Thank you so much for your kind words. 🙂
The quick “disable it in VLC” had me stymied for a while. Thank you for the expanded instructions.
Superb I got what i wanted..
Thank you so much..
Great fix. Simple to do and it works!
It’s so helpful.. Thanks for sharing ..
Many thanks !!
Thanks bro. It worked
Yall think these methods work, but search ‘vlc’ in the windows 10 search bar… recent items all still show up.
Ran into this problem too, but I removed it by going to the three dots above the search. Then going to search settings and disable search history on this device.
thanks , it worked for me
I managed to disable VLC jump without disabling all on windows 10
Its done by marking the VLC Jumplist read only when empty, or to exchange it with a zero length file (new textfile) and make it read only.
How its done:
Go To %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations
Here are all your jumplists. Open a File in VLC and look for the file with the newest timestamp, or remove a File from the Jumplists. in both cases one (or two in my case, second one is i think the File Explorers Jump list) files get a Timestamp “now”. One of those is your VLC List. Open it in Notepad++ an look for Filenames or simply delete all items in the jump list and look which one gets smaller.
Mark it read only e´when empty or delete it and exchange it with a “new textfile” with the same name (dont forget to delete the last .txt 🙂 and mark it read only –> Viola. No more saving new Files in THIS and only THIS JumpList!
New Versions of VLC or jumplist related changes may cause new Jumplistfiles! so look for privacy again after updates and simiar!
of cause you also can make a Jumplist of your liking and freece it this way, even better privacy …