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I have searched on Google, and I have completed the following steps:

  • Delete "all" activity history from the "Privacy" application.
  • Remove the file "recently-used.xbel" from ~/.local/share
  • $ nautilus -q
  • Remove the file "activity.sqlite" from ~/.local/share/zeitgeist
  • $ zeitgeist-daemon --replace &

I checked my "Recent" folder in between all of the above steps and none of them had any impact. I also tried:

  • Remove all files with "sqlite" in the name from ~/.local/share/zeitgeist (3 files:)
    • activity.sqlite
    • activity.sqlite-shm
    • activity.sqlite-wal
  • $ zeitgeist-daemon --replace &

None of the above had any impact on the contents of the "Recent" folder.

According to everything I've found, removing the file "recently-used.xbel" and restarting Nautilus should clear the "Recent" folder. Why isn't it working?

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Guess what? You haven't Googled well enough. It's a duplicate of this question. - How to disable “recent files” folder in Nautilus? – jokerdino Jul 9 '13 at 12:44
@jokerdino: How to permanently disable recent folders? But that's not what I asked... – Hubro Jul 9 '13 at 15:19
As far as I can tell this is a perfectly valid question, it shows research effort, it's clearly worded and could well be useful for other people. Why the down votes? – Hubro Jul 9 '13 at 23:42
My apologies for hastily closing. So, you don't want to disable but just simply clear it whenever you wish? It seems like clearing it is not perfect. See Nautilus 3.6: How To Clear The Recent Files List (Or Disable It). – jokerdino Jul 10 '13 at 16:28
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Restarting Nautilus didn't work, logging out and back in (oddly) didn't work, but restarting the computer did the trick. I'm curious to find out whether this was just a fluke or if I have to reboot every time I want to clear the "Recent" folder.

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you can also just open Recent, highlight all the files & from the r. click context menu remove them. (my current nautilus has a remove option, if not there then just choose delete instead – doug Dec 14 '13 at 2:15

You can. Just open the recent folder, select all by Ctrl+A and clear by Shift+Delete?

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