How to Make XnView MP Auto-Purge Recent Files List

XnView MP is one of the best image viewer applications available today. It works on all the popular platforms including Windows, Linux and macOS. It comes with many powerful features and allows conversion of image file formats from one type into another. For example, you can use XnView MP for converting an HEIC image file into other popular formats such as JPEG or PNG.

XnView supports all the commonly available image file formats out of the box such as JPEG, TIFF, PNG, BMP, GIF, PSD, WEBP, HEIC, PDF, and even the RAW images from a number of digital cameras manufacturers. If you have been using XnView MP as your default image viewer application, then you won’t have any difficult opening or viewing any type of images that you might come across.

If you do not want XnView MP to retain the list of all the open recent files or folders, then you can make it automatically purge the list of recently open files. Here is how:

  1. Launch XnView MP from its desktop shortcut.
  2. Click on the cogwheel icon in the XnView MP toolbar to open the XnView MP settings.XnView Purge Recent Files List
  3. Select Interface section from the settings window.
  4. Under the Recent Files category, check the box labeled Purge Recent Files and Folders on exit.
  5. Click on the OK button to save the settings.XnView Purge Recent Files List

After making these changes, XnView MP will remove all the traces  of recently open files list as soon as you close the XnView MP window. This keeps XnView MP neat and clean however, you will lose the convenience of opening of the same image files again at the click of a button. You can also click on the Purge now button in the settings window to remove all the files in the recent files list instantly.

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