Mark, a Phoenix subscriber to Go Ask Debbie, asks, “How do I change the number of recent documents showing in the recent list in Word 2007?” The Word 2007 recent document list may be customized for each user.
For those not sure what “recent documents” Mark is speaking, here’s an explanation.
Microsoft Word keeps track of the most recent documents a user opens. In Word 2007, when you click on the “Office” button, this list appears. The default number of recent documents in older versions of Word was 4. With Word 2007, many more are shown, as a default.
To change the number of documents shown, follow these steps.
Click on the “Office” button and select the “Word Options” button.
Click on the “Advanced” tab on the left menu and scroll to the “Display” options.
In the “Show this number of recent documents,” scroll wheel, click either the up or down arrow to change the number.
Click on the “OK” button to save the changes and close the “Word Options” window.
NOTE: If you change the number to zero, the “recent documents” list is cleared. Once you change the number to 1 or greater, you will need to open documents to start adding to the list.
HINT: In Word 2003, this option is available on the “General” tab under the “Tools | Options” menu.