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New member | Level 2

I know there was a thread about this two years ago, but has this been changed since then? Is there any way to clear recently viewed files from the home page?

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Dropboxer

Hey there Scott - hope all's well at your end.

As per your inquiry now, if you are referring to the website version just find the recents section and click on the "Hide" button from the right hand side. 

On the mobile application it is possible to hide the Recents list by going to

  • Settings
  • Advanced features
  • Hide recent items on Home

I hope this helps @scottgreider

[EDIT: Since I seem to have missed your original question, I am adding this here Scott (apologies). It is currently not possible to clear items in the Recents list. I'll make sure that your comments are passed along to the development team as a feature request - thank you for the feedback!] 



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Hi, is there any update on adding the feature to clear recent list/items
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Thank you for your interest @Karthik-v!

No updates as of yet. It is great that you joined our Community to post about this. If we get any updates, they will be posted here. Keep an eye out. 

Thank you!

 


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I don’t understand why DropBox, Google, etc. hasn’t addressed the invasive issue that is the “Recent” feature.

For personal accounts, there are times where you don’t want to be reminded you looked at something.

Not long ago, when my Dad passed away, I spent an evening looking at photos. The next day, when I opened my app, I wanted to look at the last thing I worked on. I didn’t want or need to look at the last 10 photos of my Dad. It was painful, and frustrating. I should have been able to easily clear my history. Instead I spent half an hour opening up random files.

DropBox, Recent files is a productivity feature that deserves curation options. If my life is on DropBox, everything I look at is recent. It stops being useful and can become painful. Recent files should function only on folders I choose. This isn’t some random nice to have, it’s truly important, for practical and emotional reasons it’s important.

Thank you for reading this,

Spencer M.
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Dropboxer

Hi Spencer. 

I am sorry for your loss and any frustration caused. 

We appreciate your feedback. Others have reported it would be useful to have a way to hide or clear history in the recent section. Below I've attached a direct link to help you upvote this idea about recents:

"Clear History" button for "Recents".

Thank you!


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Yeah, this is waaaaay to invasive for me.  In my opinion it's stupid that it can't be turned off, and insane that it can't even be cleared.  It's also a feature I've *never* used on any platform/service including DropBox, Windows Explorer (both home and at the office), mac OS, and Microsoft Office.  In the very rare instances where I need to regularly access a file over along period of time I'll either pin it or make a shortcut.

 

I'm going to be canceling my subscription once I find a service that at a minimum allows me to clear viewed file history.   

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New member | Level 2

It truly is a disappointment that this issue still exists.  I am currently looking into options to replace DropBox for my entire corporation, and abandon it completely.

 

F.Y.I.:  I know of two other, much larger corporations, that are preparing to do the same thing (abandon DropBox), for the very same reason.  You should listen to your PAYING customers...  We do NOT want this feature forced upon us.  We want the ability to CLEAR IT whenever we want, AND the ability to disable it in such a way that it no longer tracks activity unless we tell it to start again (with no record of any activity before we tell it to start again).

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New member | Level 2

I'd also love the ability to manage this at the file level. I know the ones I wouldn't like to see in the recents section and the ones that I don't mind seeing there. It would be amazing if I could set up a file as being excluded from inclusion in the feature. Then I wouldn't have to constantly go through and manually remove stuff. 

 

Thanks,

Jake

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Explorer | Level 4

Hi, still unable to clear the list of recent items on the web UI. Still want this feature. Clicking the 'Hide' button doesn't cut it. Still creepy. Please add this feature. Thanks!

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