Recent Files Window is blank in Bluebeam Revu 2015 or 2016

Recent Files Window is blank in Bluebeam Revu 2015 or 2016

Recent Files Window in Bluebeam Revu

If your Recent Files Tab Window is blank in Bluebeam Revu 2015 or 2016 (or 2017), there are 2 likely fixes.  This applies to the Windows version of Bluebeam Revu.

First, check in Preferences, under File Access.  Make sure that “Enable Recent Files” is checked. If it isn’t turned it on by checking the box, the click OK.  Then check to see if recent files now show in the Recent Files Window.

File Access Recent Files in Bluebeam Revu

Enable Recent Files

Did this bring back your recent s files? If not, read on…

If you see that “Enable File Access” is turned on but the window is still empty, it’s likely that the RdbRecentFiles.dat has become corrupt. This is a quick and easy fix.

  1. Close Bluebeam Revu
  2. In Windows 7, click Start and type %Appdata% in the search box, and press Enter.  In Windows 8 and Windows 10 click or tap Start (the Windows icon in the lower-right of your screen) and type %Appdata%This will open the Appdata\Roaming folder located under your user account (profile).


    click Start and type %Appdata%

  3. Now go to Bluebeam Software\Revu\16 and delete the RdbRecentFiles.dat file. If you’re using Bluebeam Revu 2015 goto Bluebeam Software\Revu\15 and delete the RdbRecentFiles.dat file  Bluebeam Folder Roaming
  4. Close the folder and reopen Revu.  Your recent files window is now be populated with files that you’ve recently opened. – Boom!



Did this work for you?  Let us know by leaving a comment.


  1. Tomasz on December 11, 2017 at 3:07 am

    Yes! It worked, thank you very much!

  2. Jess on April 6, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    So initially ‘no, it didn’t work’ but persevered.. and tried unchecking ENABLE RECENT FILES and closed Bluebeam. Then reopened it and went back into PREFERENCES, rechecked ENABLE RECENT FILES ….and !BOOM! it worked 🙂

    • OBC on April 6, 2018 at 4:41 pm

      Nice work Jess. You’re a Rockstar! Thanks for the feedback.

  3. AB on October 2, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Worked for me too!! THANKS!

  4. Danny on January 10, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    Worked like a charm thank you for the help.

    • OBC on January 10, 2019 at 11:47 pm

      Good to hear Danny!

  5. Brian4130 on March 26, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    Deleting the “RdbRecentFiles.dat” file did the trick – cheers!

    • OBC on March 26, 2019 at 5:31 pm

      Yes! Glad it worked for ya Brian.

  6. Kathleen on May 16, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    It worked but I only have One recent file in the list???

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