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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 Gray Oct 10 '15 at 22:47
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If you enable privacy mode like so:

privacy mode

You'll still see an empty "Recent" link in file manager:

recent file manager

However it should disappear from the open file dialogue for apps: open file dialogue

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