Why do I keep losing the "Recent Documents" list in both Word and Excel?
If you click on "file" in Word or Excel, is the Recent Documents list enabled or disabled? You might have it disabled so it automatically resets every time you exit from the program.
Which menu is "files" in?
If you don't see the File menu, try pressing the ALT key to bring up the menu bar at the top. If you have Excel 2010 or above, click the Office logo in the top-left, select Excel Options and click Advanced on the left.
The on the right, scroll down to the Display section where you'll find the number of recent documents to show.
Hopefully this restores the list for you.
Thanks Matt, but you misunderstand.
After creating or opening a file, the name appears in the Recent Documents list to the right. However, after a variety of different time intervals the list is empty. I have the diplay count set to 17. This applies to both the Excel list and the Word list of recent documents. It does not seem to take a restart to empty the lists. There have been a lot of restarts lately as my Internet Explorer keeps failing. It stops working and only a system restart will bring it back.
Ah okay, thanks for clearing that up.
I've done some searching, but it looks like the answer might just be to try to repair Office through add/remove programs as the registry keys which store your most recent documents are either not able to be saved properly, or are being removed. This could be because something is removing them (registry cleaner, anti-virus, etc...). Maybe take a look for something like that first.
Hope this helps.
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