Microsoft Office Word 2007

  vassos 09:07 AM 13 Aug 11
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I use this facility a lot. There are a couple of documents on my list which I no longer want. Am I right in thinking there is absolutely no way to carry out a simple deletion from that list. If there is I can't locate it and would be glad for any help. Tks.

  bremner 09:34 AM 13 Aug 11

What list are you refering to?

If it is in an Explorer window highlight the file and press the delete key or right click on the file and select delete.

  Woolwell 10:44 AM 13 Aug 11

If you are referring to the recent documents list then I don't think that there is a way to remove just one of them.

  bremner 12:10 PM 13 Aug 11

If it is as Woolwell suggests then items from the list can be removed but it requires editing the registry.

  lotvic 13:31 PM 13 Aug 11

To clear the list of recently used files in PowerPoint 2007, in Word 2007, in Excel 2007, and in Access 2007, you have to restrict the list to no entries. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Start the 2007 Office program.
  2. Click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Program_name Options.
  3. In the left pane, click Advanced.
  4. Under Display, type 0 in the Show this number of Recent Documents box.
  5. Click OK.

After you follow these steps, a list of recently used files will not be displayed. If you want a list of recently used files to be displayed again, repeat steps 2 through 5. Then, type a number other than 0 in the Show this number of Recent Documents box.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/926535 The list will be rebuilt as you open documents from this point on.

  vassos 18:54 PM 13 Aug 11

Thank you for all that. What I actually want to do is totally delete one particular file and it is important to me that I find a way to do this. But as I am not prepared to mess with the registry, it looks like I'm stuck with it. Total pain in the **

  AroundAgain 23:42 PM 13 Aug 11

I'm confused!

Why can't you just go into Windows Explorer or My Computer, locate the file, click on it and hit 'delete' button?

If you then want total removal from the PC, go to Recycle bin, locate it (usually top of the list if arranged my most recent first, and delete it from there too.

Cheers

  lotvic 01:20 AM 14 Aug 11

AroundAgain, I'm also confused now. I thought the couple of documents had been deleted and it was just the reference to them on the 'Recently Used' list in Word 2007 that vassos wanted rid of. As you can't just clear one item, I have said how to clear the list in Word 2007 in my last post, and bremner has said how to delete from list in Windows Explorer, but that doesn't seem to be what's wanted.

Maybe vassos will come back and explain more, then we can offer suggestions.

  Taff™ 02:17 AM 14 Aug 11

To clear the entire list just run CCleaner. Download

  Eric10 16:23 PM 14 Aug 11

It is true that there is no in-built procedure in Word 2007 to delete individual ebtries from the Recent Documents list as there is in Word 2010. It can be done, however, but it involves modifying the Registry so is not for the inexperienced user. The usual warnings about being very careful and backing up the Registry apply.

Close Word 2007.

Run Regedit.

Navigate to: HKEYCURRENTUSER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Word\File MRU.

You will find the recent documents listed in the right pane. Right-click on a document you want to remove and click Delete. Repeat for any other documents you want to remove then close regedit. The documents will now have gone from the Recent Document List in Word.

  Eric10 16:23 PM 14 Aug 11

It is true that there is no in-built procedure in Word 2007 to delete individual ebtries from the Recent Documents list as there is in Word 2010. It can be done, however, but it involves modifying the Registry so is not for the inexperienced user. The usual warnings about being very careful and backing up the Registry apply.

Close Word 2007.

Run Regedit.

Navigate to: HKEYCURRENTUSER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Word\File MRU.

You will find the recent documents listed in the right pane. Right-click on a document you want to remove and click Delete. Repeat for any other documents you want to remove then close regedit. The documents will now have gone from the Recent Document List in Word.

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