Microsoft word shows the recent documents list to open documents quickly that you opened recently and you can control this list and change the number of documents to be displayed in the list. Some people even don’t want to show what they are working on so Word gives option to hide, clear recent documents or delete all the list of documents. Lets see how we can delete, hide and manage recent document list in word. This guide written using Word 2013 screenshots and I hope will work in Word 2010 as well.
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When you open Microsoft Word you can see the recent documents list on the left-side.
If you are working on a document you can access the recent documents list from “File” tab > “Open” > “Recent Documents”.
Clear Recent documents list Word
If you want to clear all recent word documents list then right click on any document in the list and select “Clear unpinned documents” option, and you delete all the unpinned documents list. To clear pinned documents, right click on each one and select remove from this list.
Delete single document for recent list
If you want to keep all the recent document list as it is and want to delete a single or few document then right-click on each list item and select “remove from list” option.
This will remove or clear the document permanently from the recent document list when you right click and choose either “Remove from list” or “Clear unpinned documents” option.
Hide Recent Documents list
You can control this list and limit the number to document to be displayed from the advanced word options. Click on “File” tab and select “Options” on the left-side or just press ALT+F and then press “T” keys from keyboard. This will open the Word options window.
Here select “Advanced” on the left-side and then scroll-down to “Display” section. Change the number to zero if you no logger want to show recent documents list, making it zero will hide all the documents from recent list except pinned documents and note that this will not delete or clear the recent document history. Next time when you change the value to something grater than zero, recent list will displayed again.
As you can see recent documents are hidden now, except that you pinned.