How to Clear / Delete Recent Document List in MS Office


MS Office has a handy feature, which keeps track of your recently used files for each app. This comes in handy if you have to move between different files while working on a single project at the same time. However, you may want to get rid of this files list, as they are no more useful to you. If you want to clear recent document / files list in MS Office then here is how you can do it.


How to Clear / Delete Recent Document List in MS Office 2003 – 2007 and 2010

Note: If you are using latest version of MS Office 2013 then skip to the last method.

Step 1: Open any office app like MS Word etc.

Step 2: Click on Office button.

Step 3: Select Word Options from the bottom right.

Step 4: Click on Advanced Tab.

Step 5: Scroll down and find the Display section. Under Display section, set “Show this number of Recent Documents” to 0 (Zero).


Step 6: Click on OK to save the settings and clear the Recent Document list.

Step 7: Now set the “Show this number of Recent Documents” to what it was before or more than that.

That’s it. You have successfully cleared the Recent Documents list on your MS Office 2003, 2007 and 2010.

How to Clear / Delete Recent Document List in MS Office 2013

Clearing the recent document list on MS Office 2013 is much easier than earlier versions. Follow these steps to know how to do it.

Step 1: Open any MS Office application like Word etc from which you want to clear recent document list.

Step 2: Now right-click on any of the file showing under Recent (Document) list and select Clear unpinned Documents to clear the list. However, you can also delete specific file, by right clicking on it and selecting Remove from list.

This was about how you can delete or clear Recent Documents in MS Office. These steps are same for all the MS Office applications.


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