Disable adding downloads to recent documents list in Firefox

When you download a file using Mozilla Firefox, it automatically adds a shortcut to the downloaded file in your recent documents list. It is a very good thing as it enables you to quickly find the downloaded file from the recent documents list in the Start Menu. But it can be a privacy issue for some of us. If you want to disable this automatically adding of the downloaded files to recent documents, then you can. Here is how :

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Type about:config in the location bar and press Enter.
  3. Firefox will show a warning. Click on the button labeled I’ll be careful I promise! to proceed,

  4. In the Filter field type addtorecent. You would see a preference named browser.download.manager.addToRecentDocs as shown. It would have a default value of true,

  5. Double click on browser.download.manager.addToRecentDocs to change its value to false.
  6. After changing the value, you do not have to restart the browser for the changes to take effect.