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    Recently Used File list (Word 2000/SP3)

    Is there any way of increasing the number of characters that Word displays in the Recently Used File list in the File menu?

    I often use files with similar long file names where the variation is right at the end, and the difference isn't shown when listed. I usually resort to opening explorer, and clicking on the file individually from there, but that's not so convenient.

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    Re: Recently Used File list (Word 2000/SP3)

    I'm afraid this is hard-coded into Word (or perhaps into Windows). My stupid recommendation: use shorter file names or put the identifying information near the start of the name.

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    Re: Recently Used File list (Word 2000/SP3)

    I can sympathise with this problem - in order to get documents in order on the list you have to have the variation at the end. eg 'Ltr re Mortgage re question 126' as a layout will put all letters about mortgage questions together in order of question number - if the question number was at the front, all documents re questions, no matter the subject or type of document, would be lumped together.

    Might seem trivial, but that's how I work, too!

    However, I would use shorter names - surely if the names are that long, there must be some extraneous words, or ones that could be shortened? I've often seen names such as "Letter to Mr Jones regarding the difficulties he's been having with his noisy neighbours", which could easily be "Ltr - Jones - noisy neighbours" without losing the sense of the name at all!
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    Re: Recently Used File list (Word 2000/SP3)

    Does replying to your own post qualify as talking to yourself?!! <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

    Anyway, another thought, if you really need to keep information together in such as way that the filename is so long, you could use sub-folders; to follow my earlier example, a folder called letters, containing one called mortgage, containing the file, which would now only need to be called 'question 126' ...?

    Might not always help, since if the path is too long, on the Recently Used Documents list, Word drops a chunk of it, eg c:my documentslettersmortgagequestion 126.doc might show as c:...question 126.doc if you're unlucky, but it's an idea.

    Just my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Recently Used File list (Word 2000/SP3)

    I do use folders, but usually when I'm doing a write up I want to be able to see everything in the one place.

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    Re: Recently Used File list (Word 2000/SP3)

    Just FYI, the "New Document" task pane in Word 2002 (XP) also shows recently opened documents (file names only, but the full path is displayed as a tooltip if you hover the mouse over them). The task pane is resizable.

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    Re: Recently Used File list (Word 2000/SP3)

    Here's another suggestion; don't know if this is helpful:

    From the Windows Start button, you should be able to select 'Documents' (I think that is what it was called in Windows 2000 - in Windows XP it is called 'My Recent Documents') - this will display a menu listing the 15 most-recently opened documents (from any application, not just Word) - this list should not cut off lengthy file names.

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    Re: Recently Used File list (Word 2000/SP3)

    On my Windows XP system, the "My Recent Documents" list from the start menu only shows the file names, and not the entire path. At least for my usage, where the files are stored is an integral part of the document name.
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    Re: Recently Used File list (Word 2000/SP3)

    Good point.
    In Theo's case, it appeared he is keeping the files in the same folder, so the path might not be important in his case.

    Gary

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