Alternative for to clear Start | Documents

Hello,

My question (win98)is the following:

Is there an alternative to clear the Document folder in the Start-menu *) for example
put it off, automated or with a BAT-file ?

Settings | Taskbar, tabpage: ‘Start Menu Programs’| Clear-button
RoelPotmanAsked:
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Stuart_JohnsonConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I wrote a little application which will clear your Documents menu.  If you give me your email address, I'll send it too you.

It is only 59K, so it wont take long.  To use it, just double click on the icon. It is totally automated.

Cheers,


Stu.
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rayt333Commented:
Not sure what you are meaning but if you want a way to clear the Document folder automaticily you can install TweakUI (it's on your Win98CD) and it has option to clear the document folder on boot
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jatcanCommented:
How about a registry tweak to get rid of it completely from the start menu?

if not try this in your autoexec.bat

deltree /y c:\windows\recent
md c:\windows\recent

jatcan
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jatcanCommented:
If you just want a batch file to clear it at any given time then open notepad and type in this:


del c:\windows\recent\*.*

save the file under the all files for file type and name it clear.bat, everytime you dblclck this bat file it will ask if you are sure you want to delete all files in c:\windows\recent\*.* just hit  "y" and it'll do it.

Jatcan
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bolixCommented:
echo y | del c:\windows\recent\*.*

in a batch file (e.g. remove.bat)will do it (as will the suggestions above).
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jatcanCommented:
Do you always lock the questions like this Stuart or are you new here? The unwritten prosedure that all the techs follow is to post comments only and let the "customer" decide if it's the answer he wants or not, then he can just click the "accept comment as answer link on the upper right corner of all comments posted. BTW, welcome to the club........

Jatcan
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jatcanCommented:
OK-Roel, you've got numerous replies and as near as I can tell, they will all work, you've gotta decide which one suits your purposes and then accept that comment as an answer, if you want to choose a tech's comment other than Stuarts(proposed answer) you first have to reject his answer......

over to you

Jatcan
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Stuart_JohnsonCommented:
Your choice, Roel.  I simply posted a answer because a) it is dead simple and b) it works.  Whats more, it works on any Windows OS regardless of where Windows is installed.

Stu.

(BTW, jatcan: I am a tech too, I just like things neat).
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Stuart_JohnsonCommented:
I uploaded the file to my X:Drive account.  You can all download it from here:

http://www.xdrive.com/share/S5zoG0mdOoCID7F0FdJAc6FJt6ZXI9xt

(Pls note, this file is only valid for 7 days from 9th Dec 99).

Stu.
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Stuart_JohnsonCommented:
jatcan: I just read your other comment.  Maybe you should check out my profile.  I have been using EE since early 97.  I know the procedures and how things operate here.

When the points on offer are above 100, I will NEVER lock the question unless asked to do so, or if there is a user who I know steals points in the same thread.  If the question is less than 100 points, I will lock it because generally the questioner doesn't care who gets that small amount of points (and this has been happening a lot).

I also believe my answer is better than the other duplicated comments posted prior to my answer as it is dynamic, neat, easy to use (you do not have to know how to make a batch file or a short cut), it will work with Windows 95, 98 and NT, it will delete only the currently logged in user's documents, not everyones (on systems with profiles installed).

Any more clarification required?

Stu.

PS.  Welcome to the club?  I am assuming you keep a "black book"?  LOL.  No worries.
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RoelPotmanAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all your reactions !

Stuart,

Question about your program:
Your file is valid 7 days from the 9th Dec, does it mean it is shareware ? I will download it tonoght and otherwise I give you my E-mail address so I can evaluate your solution.

Points
Interesting dicussion, I agree it was locked fast, on the other hand it is true that I asked myself the question what is a reasonable amount.
I did not know and I decided based on you know the answer or you do not.
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Stuart_JohnsonCommented:
Hi Roel,

I'm sorry.  I didn't really explain about the seven day thing.  X: Drive is a free server which gives you the ability to share files over the net as if they where attached to your PC.  When you share a file, the link only stays valid for seven days.  The file is yours to do with as your wish.  It was written as a way to clean up a clients system for them.  It will never expire on you.

I don't mind if my answer is rejected and you award the points to anyone else, so long as it is fair.  If you feel my answer was not worthy of the points you have on offer, then by all means, reject the answer and award the points to one of the other experts.  

I have never stolen points, and do not have time for people who do.  I just believed that, as this question had a simple answer, and the answer I gave was the easiest there is, then locking the question with an answer was justifiable.

If the question has room for debate (say if the question is extremely complicated), then I would never lock the question.  I just felt that all the posibilities has been reached (except for editing the registry which my app does, or installing a program such as Powertoys or WinHacker).

Anyway, I hope that at least one of the proposals here helps.  If you like, you can reject my answer now and then judge for yourself later as to who gets the points.  I do not mind in the slightest.

Cheers,

Stu
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jatcanCommented:
Well Stuart, that's all fine and dandy but, the point here for most of us is not the points, it's "customer" satisfaction. And whether or not you believe that you have the best answer or not is irrelevant, that's up to the "customer", and as you well know when you locked the question you close of the question from other techs,who just might have a solution that IS better than yours, as far fetched as that may seem to you it could happen.And as you well know, when you lock the question most techs don't even bother to look at it so, as you well know again, you've effectively shut the door on Roel as far as help from other techs go! So, because you're an experienced tech, all I can say is , shame, you of all people should know better. One more thing, the tweakui answer is probably the best one in my opinion.

L8tr

Jatcan
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Stuart_JohnsonCommented:
Apart from the fact it is bigger and takes longer to download and my app does the same thing.

Roel.  Can you reject my answer please.  I can't bebothered justifying myself on this anymore.  If you use the app I told you about, great, I hope it helps, but I haven't got time to argue about this.

Stu.
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V0RTONCommented:
YOU HAVE TO FORMAT YOUR PC
IT IS THE ONLY WAY IT WILL WORK

NO PROBLEM
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RoelPotmanAuthor Commented:
Stuart I do not want to reject your solution without comments.

I added your program to my startup and used Jatcan solution somewhere else (i am not afraid working with a bat-file).
So I prefer to give you both points. But how ?

Another solution:
Jatcan and Stuart
Can you both live with the fact that nobody gets points ?

I am also not happy with the discusion as this ends.

Roel
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jatcanCommented:
Stuart, I'm terribly sorry for the way you feel. I don't mean to alienate anyone. You probably know more about windows now than I ever will. I freely admit that. Locking the question was wrong. No matter what you thought. It's to bad you can't see that. The points or complicity of the question shouldn't even be brought into it. when I first started here (not to long ago) this is what I was told. People in this group were quite peeved with me because I locked about 10 questions before I read what someone was telling me was the "unwritten" rule here. I think it was dew. Some of those questions were quite simple and I had A right answer for all of them. At that time it made no difference for me about the complexity of the question or the points involved, I still got crapped on for locking questions.So are you now saying that this rule exist only if I(the so called expert) am not sure of the answer or if the points are low? How do we justify what is to low and what isn't? How do we justify a simple or complex question? Better I think to leave things the way they are and NOT lock any questions? I don't know but if people are going to start locking questions when they think they have the right answer then so will I and so will everyone else, my answer was right, I could've locked the question but I didn't. I waited for you to come along and lock it. Anyway, you are absolutely right, this is BS, you were wrong and you know it, and if you want to hide behind you indignity and righteousness thats your problem, I myself would have just admitted that yeah, I was wrong. But then again I myself would never do that.

Jatcan
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jatcanCommented:
No please, as I said before points are not the issue here. You are happy with the solutions. This is what is important. I'm kinda regretting going so far with it myself.....it was rather stupid of me, it just kinda got my hair up and "my shorts in a bunch" as DEW would put it. Please give the points to Stuart. No hard feelings intended against or with anyone.

Jatcan
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RoelPotmanAuthor Commented:
Okay, Jatcan, I will do now.

Stuart specific, but of course everyone
thanks! I hope I will met you with other questions, Roel
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