adobe illustrator 'open recent documents' history

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by yahoohoo, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. yahoohoo macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2011
    Does anyone here know how to clear the recent history in Adobe illustrator?
  2. kainjow Moderator emeritus


    Jun 15, 2000
    Might try look in /Users/you/Library/Preferences/ for any Illustrator files and try moving them to the side.
  3. Dolorian, Apr 24, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2011

    Dolorian macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2007
    The only way to do it, as far as I know, is to actually go and edit the "Adobe Illustrator Prefs" file (in Library/Preferences/Adobe Illustrator CS5 Settings/en_US) with TextEdit.

    Use search to find this line: "/maxRecentFiles 10". Below it you will see a list of the recent file represented in a bunch of characters.

    What a mess, eh? So much for including a simple "Clear Menu" command in the application, as every true Mac app does. Windows users seem to have it worse, as they have to modify the registry for this (see).

    The funny thing is that Photoshop actually has the "Clear recent" option, but neither Illustrator, InDesign nor Fireworks do.
  4. yahoohoo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2011
    Thanks. Adobe sucks in some sence.
  5. schroef macrumors newbie


    Oct 1, 2015
    Why not simply set it to 0 or 1 and restart??? Thats not hard at all right.

    But indeed a clear menu is better, dont do illegal stuff guys ;)

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