Choose how many recently opened files show in Microsoft Office

Office 2003 OptionsIn almost any program where you can create, save, and edit documents, clicking the File menu (or the Office orb in Office 2007) shows a list of your most recently used documents for that program. With Microsoft Office, you can control exactly how many recent documents are shown.

With Microsoft Office 2003 applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc) and all versions prior, you control this option by following these steps in any of the applications:

  1. Click Tools –> Options
  2. Click the General tab
  3. Under the Recently used file list option, enter a number between 0-9
  4. Click OK


Office 2007 Options



With Microsoft Office 2007 options, follow these steps to control how many recently used files show:

  1. Click the Office orb icon in the upper left of your screen
  2. Click Word (or Excel or PowerPoint) options at the bottom of the menu
  3. Click Advanced
  4. Scroll down under the Display category and enter a number between 0-50 in the Show this number of recent documents box
  5. Click OK


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