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    I receive resumes on the internet, and most of them are .doc format, which I open normally from Outlook.

    They open in Word, I review them and sometimes may have four or five open at the same time.

    So I turned off the computer on Friday evening, after closing each of the .docs gracefully, thinking I could just open them from the Recent Docs menu. Alas, Monday am none of them showed.

    Is there a way to get this behavior stopped?

    Thanks.

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    [quote name='WestofLeft' post='796845' date='07-Oct-2009 13:34']I receive resumes on the internet, and most of them are .doc format, which I open normally from Outlook.

    They open in Word, I review them and sometimes may have four or five open at the same time.

    So I turned off the computer on Friday evening, after closing each of the .docs gracefully, thinking I could just open them from the Recent Docs menu. Alas, Monday am none of them showed.[/quote]
    After you launch a Word document from Outlook and then close it, does it appear on Recent Documents? Probably that is a link to the special temp folder used for Outlook attachments. It's possible that the Recent Documents list or the temp folder was cleared when you shut down your PC. Whether that is done routinely or was a one-time occurrence is hard to say without a lot of experimentation or poking around settings.

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    [quote name='jscher2000' post='796847' date='07-Oct-2009 13:56']After you launch a Word document from Outlook and then close it, does it appear on Recent Documents?[/quote]
    No, it's not there.

    Probably that is a link to the special temp folder used for Outlook attachments. It's possible that the Recent Documents list or the temp folder was cleared when you shut down your PC. Whether that is done routinely or was a one-time occurrence is hard to say without a lot of experimentation or poking around settings.

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    [quote name='WestofLeft' post='796992' date='08-Oct-2009 12:05']No, it's not there.[/quote]
    It may be that you have to use Word's OfficeButton>Open or OfficeButton>Save in order for the document to get onto that list.

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    I think there are two possible factors at work with this problem.
    1. I thought that a document needed to be changed and saved in order to appear in the Recent documents list. If you just open a document and look at it before closing it then this doesn't put it into the list.
    2. As Jefferson pointed out, when you open an attachment from Outlook, the file is detached into a temporary folder and opened from there. If you made changes and saved the doc then this would be expected to appear in the Recent Documents List but your PC may be wiping that temporary folder to save disk space/hide browsing history etc.
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    [quote name='Andrew Lockton' post='797040' date='08-Oct-2009 15:21']I think there are two possible factors at work with this problem.
    1. I thought that a document needed to be changed and saved in order to appear in the Recent documents list. If you just open a document and look at it before closing it then this doesn't put it into the list.
    2. As Jefferson pointed out, when you open an attachment from Outlook, the file is detached into a temporary folder and opened from there. If you made changes and saved the doc then this would be expected to appear in the Recent Documents List but your PC may be wiping that temporary folder to save disk space/hide browsing history etc.[/quote]
    You might very well be right. Although IMHO the behavior is a little idiosyncratic. My experience with other programs, e.g., spreadsheets and other word processors, is that the recent documents lists uniformly show whatever docs were previously opened, whether or not they were modified in any way.

    Thanks, I'll have to change my behavior, seemingly. No big deal.

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    [quote name='WestofLeft' post='797189' date='09-Oct-2009 18:15']You might very well be right. Although IMHO the behavior is a little idiosyncratic. My experience with other programs, e.g., spreadsheets and other word processors, is that the recent documents lists uniformly show whatever docs were previously opened, whether or not they were modified in any way.

    Thanks, I'll have to change my behavior, seemingly. No big deal.[/quote]

    Are you running any utilities to cleanup your system such as Ccleaner. Many of them will clear the MRU list for Office.

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    joeperez,

    No, none.

    It sounds from your question like my experience is not the norm. Is it possible that some setting is misaligned that might make Word behave as I, by G**, expect it to?

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    If I open a Word document or Excel workbook directly from a web page or e-mail it doesn't appear in my Recently Opened list, so I assume this is by design.

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    HansV,

    I think your assumption is justified. Idiosyncratic behavior, either in my expectations or in Word.

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