I am a newbee so I am using a friend to help me but he's nosy and I don't want to give him access to my personal files. The search option is the worst invasion of privacy I have ever seen. In other versions of linux there is a Gui option in the menu Places/Recent Documents/Delete recent Documents. This does not exist in linux mint 12. (It took me 8 hours to get that far) Are you going to put it in or do I have to learn some kind of command in the terminal? This is a real deal breaker for me.
If your friend that is helping you is being given access to your login account, then what difference will it make if you delete the recent documents list when all he has to do is open your Documents folder and look in there anyway?
The normal way to handle this is to set up a different user account if you have more than one user on the machine, then the problem never arises in the first place. Then change your password to one that your friend doesn't know.
Adding another account is easily done in System Settings/User Accounts.
Fujitsu Lifebook AH532 Laptop. Intel i5 processor, 6Gb ram, Intel HD3000 graphics, Intel Audio/wifi. Realtek RTL8111/8168B Ethernet.Ubuntu12.10 (Unity), Mint14 (Cinnamon), Manjaro (Xfce).