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    Recent documents in Start menu

    Once upon a time when I moused to the Word program from the start button I got a list of the pinned and recent documents. I used one of those cleaner programs and lost the list. I've done that before and the list came back gradually, but not now. How do I bring it back?

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    These document shortcuts are stored in a directory on your C: drive (normally).
    Right click on the Start menu and select Explore.
    Click on the directory "My Recent Documents" and you should see a number of shortcuts.
    Now check the Start menu properties for the "List my most recently opened documents" setting, under Customize > Advanced.

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by hmbterry View Post
    How do I bring it back?
    You'll bring it back through use for the recent documents and by re-pinning for those you wished pinned. If you used CCleaner there are two settings you can uncheck so it won't delete these in the future.
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    There is no my recent documents folder. There is a shortcut for recent but I don't have permission to access that. By the way that's my big problem with windows7; I'm denied access even though I'm the administrator and the only person who uses the computer. I've looked in c and the list that first comes up. If I open word the recent documents are right there.

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    Word stores them in the registry, Windows does it differently - of course.
    You probably don't have the "view hidden folders" un-ticked.
    Have you checked the Start menu properties? Customize > Recent Items.

    cheers, Paul

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    I checked the recent items box in the properties/customize/recent items start menu options. That brings up a new category of recent items in the start menu list that i never knew about and might be useful. I'm happy to know about it. What I want and it used to do was when I went to word from the start menu I would get a list of the recently used word files and the pinned ones and the same for excel. Thus allowing me to open the desire file and word in one fell swoop. The properties/customize/recent items thing would do also do that if it wasn't cluttered up with other program files.

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    Are you using Windows 7, Vista or XP?

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    I am using windows 7

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    And you have the two privacy check boxes ticked on the Start Menu properties dialog? (I think you said you did.) These enable to Jump Lists to which you refer.

    I used a "cleaner" once that worked so very well that I lost a lot of tools that I relied on because the cleaner thought they were privacy or security risks, and because I didn't know better.

    Also, you might look for c:\Users\<youraccount>\AppData\Microsoft\Windows\R ecent Items

    On my computer, all the links for recently accessed documents seem to be aggregated there. Do you have any?

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    The privacy check boxes are checked, if the are unchecked everything is gone. The recent item list is useless; it shows a lot of stuff but it seems more random than recent.

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    And have you double-checked that you've set Word to keep track? I think, in this case, that Word and Windows have to cooperate (but I'm not positive on this point).

    Go to Office Button (2007) / File (2010), then Options > Advanced > Display
    In 2003, go to Tools > Options > General

    Is Word set to display a number other than zero?

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    Yes, I get what I want when word is already open. what I'm trying to get back is to open word with the document I want, like I used to.

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    Hmm. I thought Windows and Word might be talking to each other. Guess not.

    I have read that Excel sometimes loses its Jump Lists and that the problem may be with file association. You can check if the Word file association has been broken by going to Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Default Programs > Associate a file type or protocol with a program.

    If this comes up empty, you might want to contact the publisher of the cleaner program to find out what it did and how to undo it.

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    What cleaner program did you use?

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