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I'd like to find out who invented the "Recently Used" file list.

Then take them behind the bike shed and beat them senseless with a rubber chicken.

@fitheach
File history can be disabled in Gnome3 and things no longer show up in that menu.

@cathal
I'm on someone else's system at the moment. They use Xfce (me too) not Gnome, and it is a mixed GTK2 and GTK3 system.

I have a note that I followed this advice on my own laptop, but I can't quite remember now.
unix.stackexchange.com/questio

I'll either have to put up with this annoyance or spend an hour or two trying to fix it. Grrr!

@fitheach
It's a PITA all right, that these systems are in use by multiple projects but not all the levers and dials are exposed to everyone.
Though... this is a bit cursed, but I wonder if you can install Gnome's control panel separately from Gnome itself, just to tweak all the appropriate GTK knobs? :P
'course Xfce might be using an older/forked GTK, so I dunno if that even makes sense..

@cathal
From memory the Gnome panel only sets GTK3 stuff, might be wrong.

I never use the "Recently Used" files as I structure things and put them in hierarchical folders. I don't mind RU as an option, but file choosers DEFAULT to this virtaul folder. I then have to click all the way down to my PWD again.

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