Is there a way (command line flag?) to open QGIS without displaying the recent projects list? Usually when giving demonstrations or similar I'll simply use a separate user profile on my computer to avoid leaking sensitive data, but sometimes I have to display a project I'm working on to other people, and then I'd like QGIS to be in as much of an “incognito mode” as possible.

(I do realize that I could set the number of recent projects to 0 under the advanced settings, but I'm looking for a more temporary solution here)

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Grab the divider between current projects & templates, drag it fully to the left, aaaaand they're gone. Temporarily.

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    I was writing the same solution. :) Mar 22, 2023 at 9:16
  • Ahhh, this is stupidly simple but perfect! Thanks!
    – leo
    Mar 22, 2023 at 13:48

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