I have changed the settings at security & privacy but elementary OS still collects recent files and shows them in recent folder, so how would i turn off recent files? Thanks.
what have you changed in security and privacy? If I turn privacy mode on, the recent folder just shows 'there are no recent files'. as a side note, why would you like to disable this feature? as discussed here, elementary doesn't collect any usage data and the security and privacy settings are related to local data only: elementaryos.stackexchange.com/questions/1442/…– Timothy GrayOct 10, 2015 at 22:47
If you enable privacy mode like so:
You'll still see an empty "Recent" link in file manager:
However it should disappear from the open file dialogue for apps: