Windows Vista comes with a Recent Items list that shows you recently used items. The Recent Items list helps you open things you previously had opened and increase the general usage of Windows for those who use it beyond an internet portal.
When Recent Items is turned on, you can get access to it from the Start Menu. And you can always get access to the files found in the Recent Items list by opening its folder in Windows Explorer via C:\Users\(User-Name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent Items.
The following tutorial demonstrates how to turn on and off Recent Items when using a version of the Windows Vista oepratung system.
How to Turn On/Off Recent Items List in Windows Vista
You can turn on and off the Recent Items list using the Start button’s Properties dialog. Here is where to find it:
1. Right-click on the Start button on the left side of the taskbar.
2. Click on Properties.
3. Check or uncheck the Store and display a list of recently opened files box to turn Recent Items on or off.
In conclusion, that is how to turn on and off Recent Items in Windows Vista.