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Delete the recent document history

Posted by Andrew Z at Sunday, January 4, 2009 | Permalink doesn't come with a simple way to reset its recent documents history, but there are several methods available.

History Manager extension

Installing the History Manager extension is quick and easy on Linux, Mac, or Windows. Reload, and then click Tools - Add-Ons - History Manager. Then, use the simple dialog to resize or erase the list.

It's confusing that the list is not erased immediately, but it is cleared when you close (Make sure to close the QuickStarter too.)

History Manager 2.1 was released when 2.4 was the most recent version, but History manager clears the history on 3.0.0.


BleachBit is a file and privacy cleaner (by yours truly) for Linux. BleachBit is most convenient if you want to clear multiple applications (such as Firefox, Adobe Flash, and OpenOffice.og) at once. Simply install BleachBit, check the box for - Recent Documents, and then click Delete. You should also delete the cache because it contains a cached copy of the recent documents history.


To manually remove the recent documents history, first close Then edit the Common.xcu file in your user profile directory. The user profile path differs, but for 3, it's most commonly either:

  • Linux: ~/
  • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\\user\registry\data\org\openoffice\Office\Common.xcu
  • Windows Vista: C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\\user\registry\data\org\openoffice\Office\Common.xcu

Edit Common.xcu and remove the XML node History. Alternatively, you can delete the whole file, but you will lose a bit of information such as whether you registered

Finally, delete the corresponding cache file org.openoffice.Office.Common.dat in the /user/registry/cache/ directory, or you can re-run to regenerate the cache.

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Bertilo said...

Unfortunately the History Manager doesn't work in OOo 3.0.0 (under Kubuntu 8.10). I can install it without problem, but it doesn't do anything. The number of entries resets to 10 no matter what, and the clearing of the document list just doesn't happen.

Lyndon said...

I had the same problem, but then I simply closed the program and restarted it. When I did I noticed that the changes had taken effect and the history was cleared.

Anonymous said...

Had the same problem untill I closed the OpenOffice Quickstarted in the Program Tray it must have been replacing the file history.

Brian said...

I installed in OO 3.2 and did not want it. I cannot now remove it. I have looked for the Common.xcu file and searched and can not find it except in a Installation directory.

I would appreciate the help.

Brian said...

I finally got History manager removed by deleteing OO 3.2 and hiden application data\openoffice. Then reinstalling OO 3.2.
The long way around but got it removed.