Word-Office, Toolbar icon - how to see recent documents??

February 17, 2017 at 07:18:58
Specs: Windows 10, 4G
Since installing Win10, I can't get the Word icon in the toolbar to show recently opened documents when I right click on it.

I've tried installing 3 different version of Office, but the icon doesn't show anything at all.

Didn't have a this problem with a different version of Windows 10, can't find the setting to do this, it should be automatic.

Office 2003 has always worked fine with Win10 until now.

Can anyone help show the last 10 documents when I right click on the Word menu in the Taskbar?

Many thanks

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February 17, 2017 at 07:44:52
If you go into File Options, Advanced, Display, how many items do you have in the Recent Items list?

What options do you have checked in that section?

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February 17, 2017 at 08:29:37
I too use Office 2003 but MS do not support it on Win 10 (or even Win 8). It is not therefore too surprising if various features stop working, although it is generally still OK.

As a workaround you could invoke a general Recent Documents icon (not just Office or Word). I realise this is not what you asked but it might be of interest. You just make a shortcut to:
"C:\Users\<your name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent" (assuming C is your system drive letter). You don't need the quotes.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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February 20, 2017 at 00:24:26
Thanks for the information

In File Options, Advanced, Display I have 9

I went to C:\Users\<your name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent

There was no Recent folder, I did find one by searching but it was empty -

Any way to fix this?

Many thanks

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February 20, 2017 at 05:18:50
Firstly I should have said "Recent items" rather than just "Recent". A shortcut to this should work but if you want to create it by following the path you will need to show hidden files and folders, like this:

Control Panel > File Explorer Options > View > Show hidden files, folders and drives. Once you've done you can set it back to hide them if you so wish (although I prefer to see them).

I definitely works - I'm using it on Windows 10.

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