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How to delete the Recently Browsed folder list in Microsoft Office Picture Manager

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Joe Winograd
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Microsoft Office Picture Manager has a Picture Shortcuts pane that shows a list with the Recently Browsed folders. While creating my video Micro Tutorial here at Experts Exchange showing How to Install Microsoft Office Picture Manager in Office 2013 (by utilizing Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010), I discovered that Picture Manager itself does not provide the capability to delete items from the Recently Browsed folder list or to delete the list in its entirety. Fortunately, there's an easy way to do it outside of Picture Manager. This video Micro Tutorial explains the method.

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1. Locate the OIScatalog.cag file


Open Windows/File Explorer or whatever file manager you use and navigate to this file:

c:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\OIS\OIScatalog.cag

<username> is the user name, such as Joe in the screenshot below.

Step1

2. Exit Picture Manager and open the OIScatalog.cag file


Close all instances of Picture Manager that are running and then open the OIScatalog.cag file in Notepad or whatever text editor you use.

Step2

3. Delete lines


Delete the lines containing the folders that you want to be removed from the Recently Browsed folder list and Save the OIScatalog.cag file.

Step3

4. Run Picture Manager


Run Picture Manager to verify that the folders have been removed from the Recently Browsed list.

Step4

5. Optional test — delete entire list



Close all instances of Picture Manager that are running and then delete the OIScatalog.cag file. Run Picture Manager to verify that the entire Recently Browsed folder list has been removed.

Step5
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