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Clear recent entries from Windows Media Player Apps
I know I shouldn't be using this application! But should I do so, and wish to delete the log of recently opened files. The quick and simple way is to delete the prefs file, located in your user's Library -> Preferences folder, and it's called Windows Media Player Prefs. Unfortunately, you do lose your entire prefs file, but who actually uses WMP enough to really want one?

Another way, of course, is to open new file names under WMP until the file you wish to hide any evidence of is pushed out of the list.

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Clear recent entries from Windows Media Player
Authored by: zygote on Sep 24, '04 12:21:09PM

Finally, a way to erase traces of my bootleg Barney videos!



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Clear recent entries from Windows Media Player
Authored by: schwankl on Sep 27, '04 08:20:19AM

If you really want to keep your pref settings, you could get your settings in WMP the way you want them and then make a copy of your pref file somewhere (like your documents folder). Then, when you want to remove evidence, just copy your clean pref file back into the ~/Library/Preferences folder to replace the offending one.



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Clear recent entries from Windows Media Player
Authored by: Frederico on Sep 24, '04 01:04:53PM

When you don't want people to know you've been watching Hillary Duff videos on WMP, you could easily use sed or text replacement strings via AppleScript to clear the recent items entries and preserve the rest of the prefs.

Too bad MS is still using old-style prefs, or this would be an even easier breeze using the defaults read/write commands on a standard xmlbased.plist.



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Clear recent entries from Windows Media Player
Authored by: knujon on Sep 24, '04 01:33:09PM

Or, make that 'Windows Media Player Prefs' preference read-only (right-click on the file, choose "Get Info", under Ownership & Permissions set the drop-down box next to 'You can' to "Read only").



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Clear recent entries from Windows Media Player
Authored by: earlshango on Mar 25, '05 08:52:59PM

Or lock it!
"Get Info" on "Windows Media Player Prefs" (in ~/Library/Preferences) and check the "Locked" checkbox.



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Clear recent entries from Windows Media Player
Authored by: maceuph on Sep 24, '04 03:18:10PM

Or just try disabling the open recent menu entirely
defaults com.microsoft.WindowsMediaPlayer NSRecentDocumentsLimit 0



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Clear recent entries from Windows Media Player
Authored by: uurf on Sep 25, '04 03:23:39AM
That would be:

defaults write com.microsoft.WindowsMediaPlayer NSRecentDocumentsLimit 0

If Media player used that file as its preferences. But it doesn't. So this won't (and doesn't) work.

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Clear recent entries from Windows Media Player
Authored by: dickydk on Nov 08, '04 12:06:43AM

could you please write one step-by-step for operation you suggest?

Dicky.dk



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Clear recent entries from Windows Media Player
Authored by: alexrs on Jun 11, '05 11:30:51AM
The rigth command is
defaults write ~/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.mediaplayer.plist NSRecentDocumentsLimit 0
But it doesn't seem to work. I still can see the files in the list.
Any more ideas?

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