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Can't find recently used docs in start menu.
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patyjs  Identity Verified
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Jan 10, 2010

I've just got a new PC, it has Windows XP but for some reason does not have the option to display recently used documents in the start menu. I've opened the task bar/start menu window and gone into properties. I have the option to use the new or classic start menu. Either way, there is no option to display these docs anywhere!

Any ideas?

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RieM  Identity Verified
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then click "customize" Jan 10, 2010

Hi!

You may have found your way already... anyhow, it's not far from there. Click the Customize (or Custom, I'm looking at the Japanese screen now) to the right, and in the next dialog click the Advanced Tab. Then you will find what you are looking for toward the bottom.

Regards,
Rie


 

patyjs  Identity Verified
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Did that already. Jan 10, 2010

thanks Rie, but I've already tried that. I've been to the customize options on both the new and classic menu options and it's just not there.

Weird!


 

RieM  Identity Verified
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hmm... Is this disabled then? Jan 10, 2010

How weird...

Did this PO have a previous owner? Then, it may have been tweaked in the registry to disable the recent files option. I believe this should be ON by default, out of the box.

Are you comfortable to go to regedit and change settings?
Rie


 

Brandis (X)
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you will find them usually here. Jan 10, 2010

Hi!
this is the location, but if you have erraneously deleted those, then they will not appear. You will have to open them manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\username\Recent
Brandis


 

patyjs  Identity Verified
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Not that I know of, Rie. Jan 10, 2010

It's a new computer but it came with the software already installed.

Anyway, I opened the registry and found under explorer - advanced - Start-showrecentdocs

Now what do I do? It has a value of ...00002 (2)

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Thomas Ochiltree  Identity Verified
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You may be looking in the wrong place Jan 10, 2010

Assuming you have Word 2007 if you open Word NOT "start" you should be at the "home" ribbon. Up in the left hand corner is a little circle with colors in it it. Click on that and it will show two columns. In the left are a qholw series of useful commands such as "save", "save as", etc. In the hand column there will be a list or recently opened documents in descending order. This has nothing to do with "Start" and makes use of that to find recently opened documents unnecessary, since to access these documents you are going to want to be in Word anyay. Good luck.

 

patyjs  Identity Verified
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this is weirder by the minute... Jan 10, 2010

that's what I thought, too, Thomas, but that whole area is blank. I have opened several word docs and some pdfs but it is showing nothing. and yes I do have 2007.

I'm flummoxed and frustrated! It's a really useful option.

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Thomas Ochiltree  Identity Verified
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Check for style to make sure set for Word 2007. Jan 11, 2010

Are you sure you are set for Words 2007 display rather than the option of earlier displays? (go to home, then change styles, then style set and make sure that Word 2007 rather than Word 2003 is clicked on. Regards, Tom

 

RieM  Identity Verified
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something fishy.... Jan 11, 2010

Sorry I couldn't get back to you sooner! Seems Word behaves in the same way (no Recent file list). The original question was how to show a recent files (including any format) list in the Windows Start menu, right?

As for the Word, you can check a Word Option setting. Just follow this page and you know where to go:

http://www.mydigitallife.info/2008/01/19/how-to-disable-recent-documents-history-in-office-2007-excel-word-and-powerpoint/

The default value of "Show the number of Recent Documents" is 17.

Anyhow, I strongly recommend that you bring this computer to the shop you bought it and ask for clarification. I'm afraid... if it were a display sample or someone's cancelled order and passed onto you without your knowledge..... You know the protocol!

Regards,
Rie


PS: one of the registry keys in question is:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoRecentDocsHistory

But you may not have it. There are other ways to purge RecentFile list items.


 

Oliver Walter  Identity Verified
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The answer may be here Jan 11, 2010

This web page contains some information on this question:
http://www.tech-archive.net/Archive/WinXP/microsoft.public.windowsxp.general/2006-03/msg01983.html

Search for "Do not keep history of recently opened documents" in that page.

Oliver


 

Pablo Bouvier  Identity Verified
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Can't find recently used docs in start menu. Jan 12, 2010

patyjs wrote:

I've just got a new PC, it has Windows XP but for some reason does not have the option to display recently used documents in the start menu. I've opened the task bar/start menu window and gone into properties. I have the option to use the new or classic start menu. Either way, there is no option to display these docs anywhere!

Any ideas?

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It seems that the Windows-XP installaton is not properly configurated.

At the Startmenu:

1) Click "Run..."

2) Write gpedit.msc in the edit box and push the "Accept" button

The group policiy editor will open.

3) Follow the path: User configuration > Templates > Startmenu and toolbar

In the windows at right you will see many options.

4) Double click "Do not keep recently opened documents register" (or something similar)

5) Check the third radio button "Disable"

6) Push the "Apply" and the "Accept" buttons

Go to the next option.

7) Double click "Delete register of recently opened documents when going out (or something similar)

8) Check the third radio button "Disable"

9) Push the "Apply" and the "Accept" buttons

10) Close the group policiy editor and restart your computer.

I am sorry, I do not know the right name of the policies in english as my XP is wiritten in Spanish. If this not worked you should follow the same steps, but cheking the "not configured" radiobuttons this time as this will bring the policies back to its original status. Good luck!


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patyjs  Identity Verified
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Pablo, you're a hero! Jan 12, 2010

This has worked...well, at least with Word. It now shows recent documents!!!
No such luck with the start menu, though. Still, I am eternally grateful.


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Pablo Bouvier  Identity Verified
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Can't find recently used docs in start menu." Jan 12, 2010

patyjs wrote:

This has worked...well, at least with Word. It now shows recent documents!!!
No such luck with the start menu, though. Still, I am eternally grateful.


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mmmhhhh, this was intended for the startmenu and not for MS-Word... icon_frown.gif

However, read carefully the explanation of all the policies related to the startmenu with the group policies editor (now you can how to do) and play with them (but note how they are configured, just in case you should go back to the original status). Configuration changes have no effect until you restart the computer.

[Editado a las 2010-01-12 12:07 GMT]

[Editado a las 2010-01-12 12:07 GMT]


 

patyjs  Identity Verified
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Now I have it! Jan 12, 2010

I disabled the "Quitar el menú documentos del menú inicio" and this has worked.

Wow...now I feel quite the expert!

thanks for all your help, Pablo.

Have a great weekicon_smile.gif

Paty


 
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