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How to turn off “Recently Viewed” in Standard Lookup?

Knowledge Article Number 000205628
Description Some customers have business requirement to have Standard Lookup return records without a string string/query rather than display “Recently Viewed”.  If a tab does not exist, the standard lookup will display records without a search string.  As a caveat, if you remove tab, end users would not be able access that object via tabs.  If a Salesforce tab exists for a Standard Lookup object, the lookup behavior will always display “Recently Viewed”. 

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