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Filemaker Pro 10 The Missing Manual - remove recent files

I'm a little lost here. I have a question about Filemaker Pro 10, and have searched through all of the relevant book, The Missing Manual without finding an answer. I can't find a specific place on this site for "Filemaker Pro 10, The Missing Manual" questions, so I'm asking it here. Question is: How can I remove filenames from FMP's Quick Start list of recent files? Example problem: I opened a db, which added its name to the recent files list, and then I moved the db to another location, and opened it there. Now there are two listings for the same db, but one forever gives an error "(db) could not be opened... (Could not be found)." I've searched all over my hard disk to see where FMP stores this list of recently opened files without luck. I thought it would be in The Missing Manual, but doesn't seem to be. Anyone help with this?
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    Ok, its not in The Missing Manual FMP 10, but I figured out a fix. Go to FileMaker Pro Preferences, and under the General tab, change the "Show recently opened files" to 1, and that wipes the list all bar 1 db. Then you open 1 of your dbs, go back to the Preferences/General tab and change the number back to any number between 1 and 16. But be careful here. If you change it back to 16, it will restore the old filenames which you were trying to delete. Very clunky. You've got to change it to match the number of your existing dbs, and then open each of them one by one, and the recently opened list will now match your dbs.
    Anyone with a better solution? Will search the older Missing Manual books to see if there is anything.
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  • Hi Jon - I've checked with the authors of FileMaker Pro 10: The Missing Manual, and they also don't know of any simple way to clear the QuickStart list. It is probably possible to tweak the list with a little hacking:

    - On Windows, this data may be stored in the registry, so if you are comfortable poking around in regedit, you may be able to find and delete them.

    - On Mac OS X, the list items are stored in your home folder in Library/Preferences/com.filemaker.client.filemakerpro.plist or com.filemaker.client.advance.plist. If you have a plist editor, you can edit these files and remove the entries.

    You must bear in mind that fiddling with these sorts of things can make things stop working if you do something wrong, so it is really not recommended. This is especially true on Windows, where everything is stored in one big registry. On Mac OS X, if you mess something up, you can always delete the entire .plist file and FileMaker will make a new one for you the next time it launches, so the damage is at least easy to fix. You will lose all your filemaker settings in this case though.

    It would be better if FileMaker automatically removed items from the list if the file they point to no longer exists. Many other applications do so.

    You're 100% right that this is clunky. You can always send feedback to FileMaker:

    http://www.filemaker.com/company/feed...

    - Nan Barber, editor
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  • To delete the "Recent File List", you delete the Preference file at /Library/Preferences/FileMaker Preferences/FileMaker Pro 10.0A Prefs then reset your preferences.
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  • I know that it is a old post, but google point me on it!

    To remove the recent file, when you have the filemaker quick start open (no database open), click on file > open recent > clear recent files
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