How to Delete Microsoft Word Recent Documents

Microsoft Office Word provides users with quick and ultra-convenient access to their most recent documents. Instead of you having to delve into hard drives, folders and subfolders to access files, Word lists your recent documents in their own separate menu from your toolbar. As with most functions in Word, you can tailor this feature to suit your needs.

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Microsoft Word 2007

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Click the Microsoft Office Button.

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Select the "Word Options" button at the bottom of the window that appears.

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Select "Advanced" from the list on the left of the window.

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Change the "Show This Number of Recent Documents" to "0." You will find this option directly under the Display section heading.

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Click "OK."

Microsoft Word 2003 or 2002

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Select the "Tools" menu in Microsoft Word.

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Click "Options."

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Uncheck the box next to "Recent Used File List" on the General tab.