How To Turn Off History For Sumatra PDF

There are many PDF readers available on the market, but not all of them are created equal. Sumatra PDF reader is one of the best free PDF readers available for Windows and it offers many advantages.

Sumatra PDF homepage

Some of the key benefits include:

  • It is lightweight and fast
  • It is a free and open-source tool
  • It has a minimalistic interface
  • It supports a variety of file formats
  • It is portable and can be run from a USB drive

It by default shows a list of all the recently opened PDFs on launch. You can change this option if needed.

Sumatra PDF reader by default shows a list of all the recently opened PDFs

Here is how to turn off the history for Sumatra PDF reader:

Launch it and click on the square icon. Then choose Settings > Advanced Options.

accessing advanced settings in Sumatra PDF

Interestingly, this opens a configuration file in the default text editor.

configuration file for advanced options in Sumatra PDF

Scroll down to the section that shows the first line as RememberOpenedFiles. This by default has the value set to true.

All you need to do is change it to false. Save this configuration change.

turn off history in Sumatra PDF

Sumatra PDF reader will no longer show any of the recently opened files.

history turned off in Sumatra PDF

You can also selectively remove opened PDFs from the history by right-clicking on them and choosing Remove From History.

removing individual PDFs from recently viewed list in Sumatra PDF

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