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Windows Xp And Ms Office 2003

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#1 Crabtree


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Posted 20 December 2007 - 11:49 AM

Last year there was an article in Neat Tricks that showed how to keep MS office from showing the last 3-5 files that a program had used. My son used the information to change our system so recently used files no longer show. I have been unable to find the article and would like to change the system back so that it does show recently used files. Does anybody know how to accompolish the task.

Thanks, new user

Mike Crabtree

(Moderator edit: thread moved to more appropriate forum. jgweed)

Edited by jgweed, 20 December 2007 - 12:06 PM.

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#2 jgweed


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Posted 20 December 2007 - 12:04 PM

Try looking in Tools/Options/General:recently used file lists (check box and indicate number of recent files).
(this is for Word 98, but I suspect there is something similar).
Hope this helps.
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#3 M...


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Posted 20 December 2007 - 08:15 PM

Hello Crabtree,

In addition to what jgweed said, if the option to modify this feature is disabled, it could be that your son used Microsoft's "Tweak UI" utility:

The "Most recently used" list is missing from the File menu, and the "Recently used file list" option is unavailable in Office XP and in Office 2003:


Even though the menu path described in that article does not exactly match what is displayed in the version of Tweak UI (most recent?) that I am using, the effect is the same on a Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 system, and it works for both Word 2003 and Word 2007.

Word 2003, Tweak UI Option Disabled:


Word 2003, Tweak UI Option Enabled:


Word 2007, Tweak UI Option Disabled:


Word 2007, Tweak UI Option Enabled:


You can download the free Tweak UI utility and several other free programs from:

"Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP":


#4 Crabtree

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 11:30 AM

Thanks, your response led me to the right fix.


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