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  1. #1
    New Lounger
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    I'm getting a lot of "Copy(3) of" and "Copy of Copy" in my Recent Documents Folder. They all have the .doc extention instead of the old .bak extention.

    How do I prevent Word from making these copies?

    How do I Delete in-mass the umpteen copies already in the Folder?

    They are taking up a lot of space in my hard drive.

  2. #2
    Plutonium Lounger
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    Welcome to the Lounge!

    Normally, the Recent Documents folder contains shortcuts to files that you have opened recently, not the documents themselves, as demonstrated by the shortcut arrow in the lower left corner of the icons:


    Does your Recent Documents folder contain shortcuts or actual documents?
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  3. #3
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    If one does in fact open one of these "Copy(3) of" and "Copy of Copy" files then yes they will be listed in the "Recent Files" listing.

    These files are NOT back up files as those that are made within Word program, but copies that were made when using Windows Explorer. These files are made when one is copying or moving files with the SAME file name to the folder.

    I see this a lot, from those that use a "Thumbdrive" to carry their data from machine to another.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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