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I want to delete all the history of the unity dash about files, videos, text files, images, etc. I find it surprising that the best thing that activity log manager can do is to delete the history of one week only.

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Thanks @severin work for gnome shell –  Naruto Dec 11 '11 at 11:25
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There is a way to delete the entire history of recent files accessed in Unity rather easily using activity-log-manager Install activity-log-manager.

First of all, install it using the following command:

sudo apt-get install activity-log-manager

After installing it, open the application. In the History tab, select all history in the dropdown list and then press Delete button. Now, the entire history of the accessed files will be deleted.

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@Allan i know that there is activity-log for 11.10 but it doesn't contain an option to delete the all history it's big option is to delete the history of a week –  Naruto Feb 18 '12 at 18:56
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An alternative way, with a simple interface to remove all record logs of Recently Used files and applications in Ubuntu 12.04 is to follow these simple steps:

  1. Click on the control icon (cog wheel on top right hand corner of display screen);
  2. Select System settings;
  3. Click on All Settings tab at the top of the dialogue window that opens up;
  4. Select Privacy icon;
  5. Select tab Recent Items;
  6. Under "Forget Activities option" listed, select All in the drop-down box on the right-hand side of the option;
  7. Click on Delete History button;
  8. Click on Yes to the confirmation dialogue;
  9. Close System Settings application window;

Job is done!

Do this a couple of times and it will become second-nature to cleaning up and protecting yourself every time.

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While searching a way to clear recent list shown in Totem [ Ubuntu 12.04 ], activity log manager/privacy did not work in my case.

Moreover, there was no file 'recently-used.xbel' in current user's folder.

File recently-used.xbel was located inside ./local/share/

For me, nullifying this file worked!

$ echo > ~/.local/share/recently-used.xbel
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Thanks, as for me this should be the accepted answer. –  user44439 May 12 '13 at 8:35
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+1 This is the only answer that worked for me on 13.04. –  Andrew Myers Jul 20 '13 at 19:07
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You can also use

activity journal

Do these:

  1. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:zeitgeist/ppa (Add the GNOME Activity Journal ppa)
  2. sudo aptitude update (Update the source list)
  3. sudo aptitude install gnome-activity-journal (Install GNOME Activity Journal)

You can choose to delete a specific entry, as well.

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In ubuntu 12.10 go system settings-->privacy-->recent items and then click on delete history

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I found a simple way! :D

Do this :-
1. Go to System Settings.
2. In System Settings click on Security & Privacy.
3. Then Files & Applications.
4.Click on Clear Usage Data.

That's all
Hope it helps :)

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