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Recent Documents In Office 2007

Q: Recent Documents In Office 2007

When I click the "beach ball" at the upper left corner of the page, a new window opens and shows me the most recent files I have worked on. The nice thing is there is a push pin that I can select to make sure that file always appears as a Recent Document.

I have figured out how to increase the number of files shown as Recent Documents. Another great feature!

It also shows files that I have deleted from my computer. If I click on such a file, I am told, The file does not exist or it has been moved. Information that I already know. Here is my question. How can I show only Recent Documents that actually exist on my computer?

Your guidance, as always, is greatly appreciated.


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I am interested in the recent documents list as well. You say that you figured out how to include more documents, just how is that?

Also, I have a couple of files that I use a couple of times each week, but I can't get them to stay in the recent documents list. After I open them, and close / save them, they are in the recent docs list for a day or two, but they disappear before I next use them. Conversely, I have file in my recent docs list that I haven't used in a year. ( Really )

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I have a problem with Office 2007 related to the displaying of recent documents when open an Office App such as Word or Excel.
I've set the number of the recent documents (lioke 6 or 8 or 10 whatever).
The recent documents I work on or create show up when I open the app for a few days. If I do not use the Office apps for a certain time (I have not systematically experimented with a precise lenght of period yet) they just disappear from the menu windows.
I got to click on "Open" and search for them, which is inconvenient.
Anyone got the same problem? and any idea how to cure this bug?
Thanks in advance for any input.

A:Recent documents in Office 2007

No issues on my end,
Set it to remember 15, but clear it about every 4 to 6 months,
I also have word.. on the start menu list with 10 doc's to show and pin several of them there to actually open word,
Do you have any system cleaners like ccleaner.......
Also what security suite have you installed ?
Use the Fill in your system spec's link on my signature and add more information about what other third party utilities you have installed.

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I have been having a weird issue with Office 2007 ever since switching to Windows 7. For some reaons, the recent documents keep getting erased every couple of weeks. I clicked on the office button and verified that recent documents is not grayed out or set to zero. Does anyone know why they are getting cleared out automatically or how I can fix it?

A:Solved: Recent Documents being cleared automatically in Office 2007

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Hi all,

Today I had to do a re-install of my PC, and re-installed Office 2007 Pro. However, under 'word (or any of the other application) options' > Advanced, the number of recent documents entry is greyed out. I had originally got it working with MS tech support, but now, of course, they want to charge me $49.00 for doing it (and of course I did not write down the procedure at the time!!).

Any assistance in getting this entry back would be appreciated.

Mike T.

A:Solved: Office 2007 Number of Recent Documents option greyed out.

Hi hastings,
Sounds like it's a problem with your registry key. Take a look at this article and see if it helps.

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When I try to open a 2007 Word or Excel document I recieve as an attachment in Outlook 2003, I get the following message:
"This action is only valid for products that are currently installed". Office 2007 compatibility pack was installed and it still did not work.

I then uninstalled Office 2003, uninstalled the Office 2007 compatibility pack and then I ran CCleaner to clean up the registry. I updated my OS (currently has Windows XP SP3) with all updates, reinstalled Office 2003, installed Office 2003 SP 3 and then reinstalled the Office 2007 compatibility pack.

I still get the same message when I try to open an Office 2007 attachment in Outlook 2003.

OS is Windows XP SP3 fully updated
Office 2003 SP 3 fully updated

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance for any hel on this issue.

Feral Geek

A:Solved: Cannot open Office 2007 documents even with Office 2007 compatibility pack in

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I have several program icons om my Start Menu, and by holding the mouce over an arrow (not shure if this is the correct translation from Norwegian), the most recent documents opens in a "window" at left.

Suddenly no "recent documents" appear for Word, but it appears for all other programs.

Attached is screendumps from holding mouce over "arrow" at Excell and Word.

Does anybody how to turn on the "recent dosuments" for Word here at the start menu? When I run Word, the recend doccuments appear at the "Office button", on the top left.

Excuse my bad English.

A:No recent documents for Word 2007

Perhaps you need to specify the number to keep - like this:
Customize the list of recently used files - Word - Office.com


Click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Word Options.
Click Advanced.
Under Display, in the Show this number of Recent Documents list, click the number of files that you want to display.

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How do I clear the list of recently open documents in Excel 2007? Thanks

A:Solved: Clearing recent documents in Excel 2007

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I have Word 2007 and it insists on saving a recent word documents list
Even if I set the number to zero here


Any ideas welcome

A:Word 2007 Disable the recent documents list?

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I removed some documents from the Recent Documents list (that you access through the Start menu list, by holding your cursor over the Excel icon). I need to know how to restore them. I have even copied one of the document I need and saved it under a new name, but to no avail.

When I go to Task Bar and Start Menu Properties and look under privacy, it already has clicked to display recent documents.

I am working with Windows 7. Other some new documents show up, just not the ones I removed and I now find I need them daily. Yikes! Please help. Thanks!

A:How restore removed documents to Recent Doc list in Excel 2007?

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In Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, the recent documents list is always empty, despite opening/closing various files. The number of documents to display is set to 17 (I set it to 8 but it never saves it...). Is it possible that I had recent documents turned off in Office 2003 and it has affected the setting in 2007 ?

A:Office 2007: empty recent files list

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I have Windows 7 Home 64 bit.

Two updates will not install

Security Update for Microsoft Office 2007 System (KB2509488)

Security Update for the 2007 Microsoft Office System (KB2466156)

Error details: Code 8007066F

I also at one point got error code 80246007 because I did a lot of internet searching and tried various remedies.

please help me.

I started this thread - Windows Update Error due to recent Office 2007 Updates - Microsoft Answers - but haven't fixed the problem yet.


A:Windows Update Error due to recent Office 2007 Updates

First uninstall Microsoft Office Application
Reboot the computer
Perform Windows updates...
Reboot the computer
Install Microsoft Office

It's Done....

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operating system xp-sp2 , office 2007.
when i pin a document (word and excel) and see that it is in the list and changed to green it disappears from the list after rebooting. the list is just empty.
can you please recommend how to keep the list of recent document/s visible.

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I have got loads of files that I have created in Office 2007, but I now have 2010 installed on my PC but I can't seem to get 2010 to print 2007 files as it is saying that I don't have permission. How do I get 2010 to have full functionality for 2007 files?

A:Can't get office 2010 to work with 2007 documents?

Check the Information Rights Management of Office 2010. I have 2010 and have never had problems printing 2007 files.

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Someone posted a similar problem before, but I don't know if the original author ever had a solution. I posted this on the Office Online board several days ago, but no one has answered yet.

Question from 8/27/08:

I'm using Word from Office Home And Student 2007 with Vista Home Premium. Word was working perfectly until about 5 days ago. I have not installed anything different. It used to show a counter where it was counting the words of the document and then the documant would open. Now it shows a blank screen with the counter at zero. The document itself is not empty. It still shows the appropriate number of kbs on the desktop.

I went online to try to diagnose, repair, and update. It told me that I had
all of the Microsoft updates. (By the way, this might or might not be
related, but other Microsoft updates keep asking me to download them even though they installed successfully.) I uninstalled and then re-installed Office Home And Student 2007 and by doing so I had to purchase a new product key since I misplaced the first one. Still nothing helped.

I did notice that if I clicked on the Microsoft icon in the upper lefthand
corner of the blank document, I could see a menu of my recent documents and even search in an explorer type of menu system. In that roundabout way I could open the files. But if I tried it the normal way, I still got the blank screen.

When I would close the blank document, it said Word has stopped working, that it was trying to recover th... Read more

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The older version I have used for years has a straightforward index list of documents. I use the list option instead of icons. All were logically alphabetical, scrolling across. 2007 Office has the most ridiculous mess I could imagine. It clumps together documents that have alike starting names, putting them side by side in columns, rather than one after the other and uneven at that. To quickly scroll and find what I'm looking for makes me dizzy. Is there any way I can change it to a logical alphabetical list, the way every computer system I've used is done?

A:2007 Office Home & Student documents index

Also, I forgot to mention, I put numbers in front of documents that I want to keep at the top of the list for easy access. Files I use most often. Now in the 2007 Office, these numbers aren't under each other. They are scattered. "6." was so far away, I had to scroll to find it.

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In my office we are using MS Office 2000 & Some of our clients are using higher version of office may be Office 2007. The problem is when we are trying to open these documents in our office it never opened. Is there anybody who can give me the solution for this problem. I know it is a small problem for you all. But please help may be any converter can help me but I don't know which

Thanks in advance


A:Solved: Unable to open Office 2007 Documents

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I can not open ms Word documents by double-clicking on them anymore, When ever I do so I get a mesage saying: "There was a problem sending the command to the program."
I do get the Word window open but there is nothing in it. I have tried this with .doc, .docx and .txt files and I get the same thing.
But I can open files if I first open word and then go to Open and select a document from there, but not by double clicking.
I am using Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit and Microsoft Office Word 2007, can anyone help me?

A:Can not open documents in Microsoft Office Word 2007

Open Word, go to the Office Orb, then Resources, and then "Run Microsoft Office Diagnostics.

This will check out the install and do a repair if needed. You will need to the "Office cache" file on the hard drive or have the Office CD handy, if it is needed.

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Im trying to create a new set of rules for USMT to migrate all the recent document from the entire suit.
Before with Office 2010 i just needed to migrate the following 2 specific registry Keys per product:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Word\File MRU]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Word\Place MRU]
But now with Office 2013 i have a different registry to migrate which is:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Word\User MRU\AD_1BCDB7FC5952DB87CA9E016C275527A1DF980877A2742B063EFBFA2FFFE44887\File MRU]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Word\User MRU\AD_1BCDB7FC5952DB87CA9E016C275527A1DF980877A2742B063EFBFA2FFFE44887\Place MRU]
I tried to add a rule to copy all the User MRU field which was
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Word\User MRU\* [*]
This last thing did not work when i tried to test the migration of this settings from one computer to another.

If somebody could help me with this i would really appreciate.

Thank you

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I made a topic quite a long time ago, with little response from this community.. I've decided to download desktop recording software and take a video clip of the error..


I've tried downloading recommended updates from Windows, I've tried repairing the installation, I've tried reinstalling Office 2007, I've tried repairing the program internally, I've tried many other solutions, with no progression.

Any help towards a solution would be greatly appreciated.


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When I go to the top left "Office Button" in Excel and go to my Recent Documents I can open most files, but there's one which does not open. I can open it by going to Open and finding it in my folders or directly from my Windows Explorer files, so the file is not a problem. I've tried opening it and closing it from both of these methods to see if I could reestablish a link, but that didn't work. I've also looked at "Excel Options" in the Advanced section, but didn't see anything that looked like it was the problem.

Again, I can open most recent files from Recent Documents, but this one doesn't work. Has anyone had this issue and fixed it?

A:Excel Recent Document not opening from Recent Documents

Perhaps this MS website may help you. It is applicable to Excel 2007, but if you read paragraph 3 under the first heading there is reference to opening files using Explorer & then finding they wont open in Excel, which might help you.

Customize the list of recently used files - Excel - Office.com

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Hi there. I have a feeling that I'm going to feel really dumb when I realize how to do this... but I've been baffled and nothing online has quite worked or applied to my issue. Here goes:

I'm running Windows 7, and have a habit of using the recent documents separated by program on the start menu. In other words, I'll go to Start, highlight Microsoft Excel (as it's a program I use regularly and therefore stays pretty close to the top of the start menu), and mouse over to the right to see my recent Excel documents.

Early on in my Windows 7 use, I had right clicked on some recent files and selected "Remove from this list" and they vanished from the recent Excel document list. However, I can't get them to ever come back.

I've tried resetting my recent document settings under Start Menu properties, even deleting "recent application data" files according to other sites. If I navigate to the files through the folders, I can open spreadsheets and have them show up, but the ones I've removed from the list will not show up, and I don't understand why.

I'm more than willing to provide any additional information, but hopefully someone can tell me this is a rather simple solution.


A:Can't get documents to show up in Recent Documents after removing...

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While working through patching our servers, there are several servers that MBSA is reporting that patches are missing:
MS13-002  Security Update for Microsoft Office 2007 suites (KB2687499)
MS11-073  Security Updates for Microsoft Office 2007 System (KB2584063)
2526310  Microsoft Office Access Runtime and Data Connectivity 2007 Service Pace 3
The servers are running Windows 2012 R2 and were patched this week with the current May, 2018 patches.

I downloaded the items to WSUS.  WSUS reports that 0 computers need these.

Any idea why these are showing up and/or how to ignore them?

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hi all i have a genuine 07 office pro that i am trying to install, i have previously tried a beta version and have also had office pro 2003 version on my laptop

when i start the cd it starts to initialize then says office 07 cannot install as previous version of 07 have been found uninstall before continuing

i have gotten rid of all traces that i can find through the registry in safe mode with uninstaller pro but i still get the same error

i am running media center with an upgrade to vista premium

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I've experienced this problem twice in the past week. Here is my current problem:

New Windows 8 computer
Moved Office 2010 install from old computer to new computer
Copied all documents to new computer by installing the old drive in the new computer (NTFS to NTFS)

When trying to open any DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, PPT, or PPTX files that are stored in the Documents folder I get permission errors. Word will open an RTF file just fine. If I try to use any Office programs to save a file to the Documents folder, I also get permission errors. I can move the file to the Desktop and work with it just fine. I can then move it back to the Documents folder.

Here are the errors when trying to open files:
Word - Word cannot open the document: user does not have access privileges
Excel - 'C:\Users\xxxxxx\Documents\Book1.xlsx' could not be found
Powerpoint - The path or file name for C:\Users\xxxxxx\Documents\Presentation1.pptx is invalid.

When I try to use one of these programs to save to the Documents folder, I get the following error:
You don't have permission to save in this location.

I tried copying the files two different ways to eliminate any lingering NTFS permissions. I used a linux box to copy from the old drive to EXT4, then to a linux formatted FAT drive. I plugged this FAT drive into the Windows machine and moved the files over but got the same errors. Next, I copied the files from the old drive to a FAT32 drive using another Windows box. Then I tool the FA... Read more

A:Solved: Office 2010 Can't Open Or Save Documents in My Documents Folder

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Need Help !

I want to install Ms Office (reguler) 2007 or Ms Office Professional 2007,

but my setup is always go to Ms Office Enterprise 2007 Setup !

1. How can i fix that setup normally ?
2. My Problem number 2 :


(how can i fix this warning ?)

What should i do ?

Thx very very very much for help.

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after you go to My Computer: Local Disk: Documents & settings: user name: there is a folder called My Recent Documents. how do make it so nothing goes in that folder? Now Im not talking about the recent documents list from start menu. Im talking about the one you navigate to the way I described. I'd like to set that so nothing goes there
(it stays empty) thanks in advance

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What happened to the recent documents? Idon't see it any more in start button.

A:Recent Documents

Quote: Originally Posted by param

What happened to the recent documents? Idon't see it any more in start button.

Windows now maintains individual "Recent Documents" lists for each application listed. Do you see the arrow to the right of an application link? Click on that to see all the documents most recently opened by that application. Also, if when an icon for an application is either open or pinned to the taskbar, you can right-click it's icon to see a similar list of recently opened documents:

Start Orb Recent Documents List

Taskbar Recent Documents (Right-click Taskbar Icon)

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is there a way to completly get rid of it, or at least stop it from making shortcuts to my programs and files

A:recent documents

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Approx every 2 weeks when i switch computor on my recent documents has been cleared

A:My recent documents

Hello, Welcome to TSF.

What exactly is the problem?

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in Win xp "My Recent Documents" list in the start menu is sorted by name. Can i sort it by the order in which I used them

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Hi, somebody may have asked this question before but the search function seems to be broken right now.

I'm running Windows XP Pro SP2 on a fresh install on a new computer, and since installation I noticed that I don't have the "My Recent Documents" in my start menu. I did searches on the internet, and people could only come up with enabling it through the Start Menu properties (Start Menu Customize button). Unfortunately, the "My Recent Documents" option isn't there either, like it should've been according to Microsoft's help info on their website.

I also immediately noticed that this problem extends to further than just the start menu, as some of my commonly used programs also don't save recent files. For instance, Microsoft Word (and other Office components), Adobe Photoshop, etc. None of them have the recently opened files (it's grayed out). I thought it may be because my profile on my computer was in read-only or some other related cause. But other programs like web browsers are able to save history, and other programs like games are able to save passwords and settings.

Some additional information that might be useful: I'm only running one profile on this computer, which is an administrator account, because I'm the only one that uses this computer. It is password protected (but the problem is the same whether or not I put a password).

Any help would be nice. Thanks.

A:Recent Documents

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on my computer when i open up start right under the Documents folder there is a folder that says my recent documents and it has all the traces of what i have open like pictures...........how do i remove that folder and never show up again on my start menu

A:My Recent Documents

Right click Start / Properties / Customize... / Advanced tab /
at the bottom, under "Recent documents", remove the checkmark / OK / Apply / OK

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Running Office 2007 on Windows 7. Every time I reboot the computer the recently opened files in Word and Exel are deleted.
Both apps are set to save the 17 most recently opened files.

Any ideas on how to fix this?



A:Recent documents

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Where do I find the list of recent documents? In XP all I had to do was right-click on start button->Explore. Then navigate to My Recent Documents and I was able to see the entire list of my recent documents, deleting whichever I was sure I was not going to open soon again. I can't find the similar folder on Windows 7. Can anyone help?


A:Recent Documents


In 7, right-click on the taskbar and select Properties. Then go to the Start Menu tab, and you should see a couple of check boxes. Select what you want, and they should appear in the Start Menu.

Recent Items - Turn On or Off


(check Recent Items)
Start Menu - Customize

Hope this helps,

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So for what ever the reason I am missing the Recent Documents under the Start Menu. Under Custimize Start Menu and Advance it is checked. All the registry entries are right according to my know how. Any ideas? NoRecentDocsMenu is set to value of 0.

A:Recent Documents

Try the fix at Kelly's Korner.Restore Recent Documents - #55 on the left.Right click on it and save the .reg file to your desktop. Then, double click on the file icon (on your desktop) to merge it into your registry. You may need to reboot your computer for the changes to take affect.With any fix like this you should create a new restore point and backup the registry first. For backing up the registry I like to use ERUNT.

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on the start menu there is a folder called documents that has my most recently used documents. Somehow they are in alphabetical order
Is there w way to rearrange the placement so that I have them listed in order of newest used

A:recent documents

At the top of the window press VIEW scroll down to ARRANGE ICONS BY then make your choice.

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How can I keep entries from going to this folder or, does anyone know how long an entry stays in this hidden folder? Or, how can I control how long an entry stays in this folder?.

A:MY Recent Documents

Right click the taskbar>properties>start menu tab>customize>advanced tab>uncheck list my most recently opened documents and ok your way out.

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I have Windows XP. How do I clear "my recent documents" files. When I click start, and point to "my recent documnets" there are files in there.

A:My recent Documents

right-click on taskbar
hit properties
hit start-menu at top
hit customize
hit clearlist
hit advanced at top
hit clear list

you can also hit advanced at top
& uncheck at bottom to stop showing anymore

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How does one get rid of the My Recent Documents file? Unclicking it on Start or deleting it on My Computer doesn't get rid of this nuisance file. Any ideas would be appreciated.

A:My Recent Documents

If you are using Windows XP, try this:
1. Right-click Start button, and then click Properties.
2. On Start Menu tab, click Start menu, and then click Customize.
3. On Advanced tab, Deselect the List my most recently opened documents check box.
Hope this helps.

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Hi all!

I have no idea what happened, but my pinned IrfanView icon in the start menu has stopped showing recent documents. The "arrow button" is still there, indicating that there should be some documents to display, but none show up. Even the pinned documents are gone. If I open new documents with the program, the list fails to repopulate.

How can I fix this?


A:Recent documents not working

Hello Higgins,

If you had recently cleared or turned off and on your recent items, then it may take a bit after opening items before they start showing back up again in the list.

You might also check to make sure that you do not have clear recent items on exit turned on well. If you log off often, then it may never get a long enough chance to repopulate the recent items list for them before it's cleared again.

Hope this may help,

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Can I change the order? Eliminate some? How?

A:order of recent documents

if you want to change the order you can see them in you can just drag the one you want to be first in front of the of the one that is first.

if you want to delete multiple documents you click on one (single click) press the ctrl button the single click on the next then the next and so on until you have highlighted them all then press delete.

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Hi, in XP when I clicked File/Open within an application a windows explorer window opened with a "My Recent Documents" button in the left pane as shown below:

I can't find this button or link in Windows 7...am I missing something? Thanks

A:What happened to XP's My Recent Documents?

Hello Antares,

It's still there, but called Recent Places now.
If you like, you can even customize the places bar in them to have what you want instead.

Common File Dialog Box - Customize Places Bar

Hope this helps.

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Hi guys

I have Windows XP. Suddenly the list of documents recently had open(when you go from Start - to Documents - below My Documents and My Pictures) no longer appears and has simply been replaced by the word EMPTY. The computer also doesn't seem to automatically remember some passwords in the way it used to. The computer will remember the recently opened documents up until the PC is switched off, but then then the list will have gone the next time I switch on the PC again to be replaced by the word, EMPTY.

I have tried defragenting and Systems Restore but niether have made any difference.

Thanks in advance for any useful inmfo.


A:'Recent Documents' EMPTY

Are you running any form of cleanup software such as ccleaner that removes cookies and such from the system that could be your problem.

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Me being a student, I purchased Office Student edition, which is more than enough.

I was just wondering though, I use my school's "storage" drive (each student gets one) and my local drive on my laptop. In the recent documents, I don't want to see any documents from any drive except mine.


My local drive with all my documents is D:
My schools drive with everything necessary there is G:

Is it possible to limit the Recent Documents list to only files from D? Does this make any sense? If not, please reply back!


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I think it was after I used one of those windows crap cleaners that everything went wrong.

On the XP Start Menu (the new style), its not even there.
On the classic start menu, its there, but its not functional (meaning, recently opened documents don't get added). It acts as a menu as it should, but all i see listed is "My Documents" and "My Pictures", then a line, and no document shortcuts listed.

I have tried a lot of things.

I checked the Start Menu preferences by right clicking the taskbar and clicking properties. The checkbox to show most recently accessed documents in the advanced tab of the customize window is checked.
I checked to see if it was TweakUI's fault. Everything looked fine with all the options relating to it.
I checked the corresponding registry entry to the start menu properties thing. It exits, and it is set to the proper DWORD value of 2. (\HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Start_ShowRecentDocs)
I checked GPedit for the proper choices. (user config -> administrative templates -> start menu and taskbar), 1 of 2 exist. the first, remove user's folders from start menu, that exists, and i changed it to disable to see if that would do anything...it did nothing. The second, remove recent documents (along that lines) doesnt exist. Didnt think much of it since haveing it set to "not configured" shouldnt have an effect (I havent touched the gpedit settings at all, to tell you th... Read more

A:My Recent Documents...gone, can't restore, need help

excuse me.. i appologize... i am on a tight schedule and i appologize if you have tried this already but try the following for XP

right click task bar select properties

start menu

customize then select advanced tab

and at the bottom select list my most recently opened documents

refer to screen shot below for help

- norin

again i appologize...

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I want to increase my recent documents size. I tried myself by reading but failed. I went to >> regedit >> Hey current user >> software >> Microsoft >> Windows >> Current Version >> Policies >> Explorer >> created new DWORD VAlue >> MaxRecentDocs and put value 50 but it's not working. It makes Recent Documents always empty.

A:how to increase recent documents to at least 50

Recent Documents has a fixed limit of 10 for every specific file type (eg no more than 10 'doc' files, no more than 10 'jpg' files etc at any one time). This cannot be changed.

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