How to Remove Recent Documents From Excel 2007

By Matthew Burley

Microsoft Excel 2007 includes many features for simplifying the document creation process, as well as for aiding the user in finding their recently created documents. Any workbook or spreadsheet file recently edited in Excel 2007 is displayed in the "Recent Documents" list seen when clicking on the "Office" button at the top left corner of the screen. Excel can display up to the the last 50 articles edited. While the feature does provide a level of convenience, users with privacy concerns can adjust Excel to prevent it from displaying these documents.

Step 1

Click "Start," "All Programs," "Microsoft Office" and then select "Microsoft Office Excel 2007."

Step 2

Click the "Office" button in the upper left corner of the screen and select "Excel Options" at the bottom of the window.

Step 3

Select "Advanced" from the column on the left side of the "Excel Options" window.

Step 4

Scroll to the "Display" section and then adjust the number to "0" next to "Show This Number of Recent Documents."

Step 5

Click "OK" to close the window and apply your changes.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have Excel 2007 on your system, it is likely that you also have other programs from the Microsoft Office 2007 suite that also include a "Recent Documents" list, such as Microsoft Word. Follow these steps in each Office 2007 program for which you don't want to display a list of recent documents.