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Windows 7 Recent Documents List



The usage statistics gathered through calls to this method are used to determine lists of items accessed most recently and most frequently. These lists are seen in the Start menu and, in Windows 7 and later, in an application's Jump List.




Windows 7 Recent Documents List


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Executable (.exe) files are filtered from the recently used documents list in Windows XP and later versions. Although SHAddToRecentDocs will accept the path of an executable file, that file will not appear in the Recent Items list.


Starting with Office 2013, your recently used files list synchronizes with your Microsoft Account. That's handy because it means that if you sign in on multiple devices (desktop and laptop, for example) you have the same files listed in both places for easy access.


If you have an older machine that hasn't been turned on in a while, however, when you bring it online it may synchronize and it's possible that some of the documents from its old list might end up on your current recently used list.


Another way we sometimes see this happen is if somebody else, like a family member, uses your computer. If they're signed in as you, any documents they work on would then appear on your recently used list.


The best way to remove these unexpected files is to follow the procedure above, under "Remove an individual file from the recently used file list". Right-click the unexpected files and choose Remove from list.


If you want to see the list of recent items from start menu, then you need to leave these two setting either in disabled or not configured state. If you enable the first one but disable/do not configure the second one there will not be any recent items in Start menu though the recently opened documents list is being saved. Conversely, if you disable/not configure the first setting and enable the second setting, Start menu shows the link to recent items but the list will be either empty or it shows the list of documents opened before enabling the second setting.


The registry key Start_ShowRecentDocs under the node HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced controls the recent documents behavior. Setting this registry key to 0 removes the link from Start menu. Setting it to 1 adds a link and Setting it to 2 adds a menu with list of the documents.


It doesn't work for me. I'm using windows 7 64 bit. Also the registry key, Advanced doesn't show. HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced controls the recent documents behavior


I'm getting an odd issue where not all recent documents appear. There are differences between the list of recent documents in Excel 2003 and the list when I click Start -> Microsoft Office Excel 2003 and view the recent documents alongside.


However, what this does not do is add recent documents to the dialog that appears when you are in Outlook 2010, when you want to attach a document to an email. This has been around since Windows 2000 days, but appear to be another example of Microsoft removing options people actually use. AHHH!!! :/. Only Recent Locations seems to appear, not Recent Documents.


After you follow these steps, a list of recently used files will not be displayed. If you want a list of recently used files to be displayed again, repeat steps 2 through 5. Then, type a number other than 0 in the Show this number of Recent Documents box.


Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.To clear the list of recently used files in Publisher 2007, delete the registry subkey that contains the list. This registry subkey is re-created the next time that you start Publisher 2007. To delete this registry entry, follow these steps:


To clear the list of recently used files in SharePoint Designer 2007, delete all the registry subkeys that contain the list. These registry subkeys are re-created the next time that you start SharePoint Designer 2007. To delete these registry subkeys, follow these steps:


The Excel, Notepad, and PowerPoint are all fine, whereas the Word 2016 is not showing recent documents anymore. I don't know what happened and I need help to restore the disappeared recent list so that I could continue using this function again."


To bring the missing recent documents back to its list in the Windows operating system, you must figure out the exact causes in the first place. Mostly, there are three reasons that may disable the recent documents list showing up in Word application:


Microsoft Office allows users to remove an individual file from the recently used file list with the option "Remove from list". In fact, you don't remove the file from your entire system unless you pressed "Delete".


If you have manually removed or deleted the recently opened or edited word documents from the Recent Documents list, you'll have to find and open your Word files one by one on your local drive or external storage devices.


If the recent Word files show up on the list, congratulations. You can directly access and open these files through this list. If nothing appears, follow the next fix to enable the Recent Documents list feature.


Answer: Your Recent Documents list is under the File menu in Word. To open it, you need to launch the Word application, go to File > Open > Click "Recent Documents" and then you will see a list of your recent documents.


Jump Lists are contextual menus built into Taskbar and Start Menu list displaying your most recently accessed files along with common Task in some apps you can quickly start (jump into). In Windows XP, your only option was either the Recent Items menu (which still exist in Windows 7), the application File menu recent list or searching for the in a folder.


Microsoft Word contains a Recent Documents list that enables you to quickly find and open documents that were recently closed. This feature saves you the trouble of navigating to the document each time you want to access the Word file. By default, Word 2010 lists up to 25 recent documents, but you can change that value to list up to 50 documents. If this option is changed to zero, then the Recent Documents feature is disabled.


When developing SAS Enterprise Guide 4.3, we hooked into the "recent documents" aspect of the Jump List for two types of documents: project files (.EGP) and SAS programs (.SAS). Both of these are also easily accessible in SAS Enterprise Guide under File->Recent Projects and File->Recent Programs (new in 4.3).


If you use SAS Enterprise Guide often, you can drag the program icon to your Windows 7 task bar and "pin" it in place for convenience. Then you can right-click on that icon to see a list of recently accessed projects and/or programs.


The remainder of this post is aimed toward other application developers, as it describes how to hook into the "recent documents" feature of Windows, which automatically puts your documents in your application's Jump List. It's technical and it features .NET C# code, so if that's not your interest, then you may be excused.


To hook into the "recent documents" list, you need to call some Windows APIs -- specifically, the SHAddToRecentDocs routine within Shell32 (yes, even on a 64-bit system). That means you have use "platform invoke", or pinvoke, within .NET.


This article will guide you on how to disable or delete your recent document list in Microsoft Word or Excel. This will give you little security and safety from other users who may use your PC. They will not guess or know which files you were working on. The procedure is very easy to follow and implement.


When you launch the Microsoft Word program on your computer, you get quick access to several of its main features right on the home screen. One of these is the recently used files list for Microsoft Word. This option lets you quickly access the documents that you were recently working on, and clicking on any of these opens up the file in the program.


This can actually be controlled via the operating system. It's entirely possible that a Windows setting (user/machine policy, or just a basic option) has been set or altered such that it won't store recent document history. If it showing some, that would suggest it was altered. The settings can control both the number of items to keep in the list as well as whether any are kept at all. Note it can be set for both Start Menu 'Recent Documents' as well as individual programs though that's usually set in the program itself.


She uses hers frequently however it has no stopped working all-together. I've checked the word options (advanced / display) and it is set to remember 17 recent documents. I've created / saved / re-opened a test document, it does not appear in that list (the list is empty). I've also opened word and forcibly "pinned" a few of the recently opened documents from that list, it has zero affect..... On the same system, her Excel works just fine.... I've done some digging and cannot find a working solution via Google... and I've tried the suggestions I have found.....


Okay I've re-read the steps..... I do NOT want to clear the documents listed there at all......... While Word's list might be empty, Excel is working fine (as well as other apps) which I do not want to have vanish by deleting the referenced file. (unless desperate, and I'm not there yet)


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