Ubuntu – How to delete the entire history (Recently Used Items) in the dash


I want to delete all the history of the unity dash about files, videos, text files, images, etc. I find it surprising that the best thing that activity log manager can do is to delete the history of one week only.

Best Answer

An alternative way, with a simple interface to remove all record logs of Recently Used files and applications in Ubuntu 12.04 is to follow these simple steps:

  1. Click on the control icon (cog wheel on top right hand corner of display screen);
  2. Select System settings;
  3. Click on All Settings tab at the top of the dialogue window that opens up;
  4. Select Privacy icon;
  5. Select tab Recent Items;
  6. Under "Forget Activities option" listed, select All in the drop-down box on the right-hand side of the option;
  7. Click on Delete History button;
  8. Click on Yes to the confirmation dialogue;
  9. Close System Settings application window;

Job is done!

Do this a couple of times and it will become second-nature to cleaning up and protecting yourself every time.