Microsoft Office has a very nice feature of saving a history of recently opened files. If you pay attention, you will see the Recent feature appear right on the Home Tab. Here will list the Word files you have just opened. This option allows you to quickly access the documents you have been working on recently.
It’s a pretty quick way to pick up where you left off last time. You also spend less time finding that file on your computer and opening it.
While this is a really useful feature, it may not be the case for some people. If you don’t want others to know which Word File you recently opened in Word and you don’t want it to appear there, you can disable this feature. You can also remove specific documents from the list if you don’t want to turn it off completely.
Delete a Recently Used File in Microsoft Word
If you only want to remove one or a few files from the Recently Used Files list in MS Word, you can do so by right-clicking on the File and selecting Remove from list. It will remove the files you already have from the list and you can do it with as many files as you want.
The file will be deleted immediately without any prompts. The next file in the list will take the place of the deleted file.
Delete All Recently Used Files in Microsoft Word
If you don’t want any files to appear in the list, you can remove all files from there by choosing a single option in Word. It will clear the entire list and give you some space on the home screen.
These steps will work for latest MS Word 2019 / Office 365. If you’re an Office 2016 user, move on to the next section.
You will see that your recent documents list has been emptied.
Delete recently opened documents in Word 2016/2019/2021/365
If you are using Microsoft Word 2016, you can delete the entire list of recently used files in Word without going to the Open menu.
Once you are on the main screen of the software, right click on any of your recent documents and select Clear unpinned items. Press Yes in the prompt afterwards and the list will be cleared.
As you can see, there isn’t a big difference between Office 2019 and Office 2016 but you should know exactly where this option is in the different software versions.
Turn off Recently Opened Files feature in Microsoft Word
The Recently Used Files section in Word can be useful to many users, even if some items have been deleted. However, if you don’t use it at all and you find it taking up unnecessary space on Word’s home screen, you can actually delete it.
The Recent Files section can be completely disabled, and there is a built-in option in the software to do so. Also, if you ever want to turn it back on, you can do so by changing the setting you just made.
What you actually did above is set the number of recent documents to 0.
How to restore the list of recently used files in Word
If you need to restore the recent documents list, you can do so by opening the same panel Options then click Advanced.
Then enter the number of recent documents you want to see in the first option of the section display and press OK.
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