How to Clear Recent Files in Photoshop

There are a few ways you can remove the list or hide it if you’ve used Adobe Photoshop and don’t want your most recent files or documents to be shown on the app’s opening home page. We’ll demonstrate how to do just that in this tutorial.

First, go to Files in the top menu bar. From there, open Recent and choose Clear Recent File List. This will remove all files from your Photoshop Home Screen. You can also hide the list by Edit> Preferences > File handling and set the recent file contains list to 0.

Keep reading below for a quick guide on how to clear or hide your recent files from Photoshop.

How to Clear Recent Files on Photoshop?

We can quickly find relevant content and documents by keeping a history or list of the files we’ve recently opened. However, if you don’t require it and don’t want to see the list of your recent works, it’s recommended that you remove these files from Photoshop’s recent files list.

For detailed instructions on how to do this, check out this video:

This is a really simple process, and we’ll teach you how to accomplish it just below.

  1. Launch Photoshop.
  2. From the menu bar at the top, select “Edit.”
  3. Open the drop-down menu and choose “Preferences.”
  4. Select “File Handling” from the side menu.
  5. Select “Clear List” from the “Recent Files” menu.
  6. Exit the Preferences dialogue box.

How to Hide the Panel That Shows Recent Files?

Although Photoshop’s Recent Files workspace is by default disabled, you may find that it is really quite useful. If you regularly need to reopen previously closed files, this is especially true. 

But if you change your mind, you can quickly open Photoshop’s General Preferences.

  1. Simply use the Ctrl+K (Windows) or Command+K (Mac) keys on your keyboard.
  2. Next, make sure that the Show “Recent Files” Workspace option is not selected in order to disable it when the box for opening a file is unchecksed. 
  3. It is necessary to shut down and then restart Photoshop for the changes to take effect.

How to Hide the Recent File List in Photoshop?

As you can see above, Photoshop makes it simple to clear the Recent File List. However, if you go on to open other files, the list will show them again. 

  1. Click “Edit” in the toolbar to get rid of the Recent File List and hide the recent files from the “Home” page. 
  2. Then pick Preferences and “File Handling” from the list.
  3. Once the Preferences window appears, scroll toward the end of the window and use the text box next to the “Recent File List Contains” item to adjust it to the value “0” (zero).
  4. The Preferences box will shut, and Photoshop will store your changes once you click “OK.” 

The list of recently opened files will not appear in the File menu or on the Home screen going forward.

But keep in mind that Photoshop still keeps track of files you’ve used or changed recently, even if you don’t see them. If you change “Recent File List Contains” to a number other than 0, you can show recently opened files again.

Final Words

If you don’t want to see your recently opened or edited work on Photoshop, you can simply hide or clear this list of recent files. The tutorial above covers the necessary steps to do that.

Happy editing!