Configuring Office 2007 to not store the recent files list

If you are using a shared PC, then there might be several reasons for which you might want to hide the documents that you use and edit while doing your work. However, Office 2007 (like the previous versions) maintains a list of recently opened files in the File heading – and can be easily accessed by clicking on the Office logo to the top-left of the Office 2007 application like Word, PowerPoint, etc. Thus, all of your recently accessed files are readily available for perusal of the next person who happens to pry into the files list of the Office 2007 application.

It will ease your heart to know that there is a way that you can configure Office 2007 to erase al traces of recent files accessed by you. This facility was there in Office 2003 and earlier editions as well – only that the location of the preference is different with the new layout of functions in Office 2007.

In this article, we will tell you how you can delete the recent files list from PowerPoint 2007, and the steps are quite similar for the other applications as well. These simple steps are outlined below.

  1. Open PowerPoint 2007.
  2. Click on the Microsoft Office logo to the top-left of the application window.
  3. In the dropdown menu that comes up, click on the tab that says PowerPoint Options.
  4. A new dialog will crop up – click on the Advanced tab on the left-hand side panel.
  5. In the Advanced options for working with PowerPoint displayed on the right-hand side panel, under the Display heading, locate the option for Show this number of Recent Documents.
  6. Change the value in the number field next to this option to 0.
  7. Click on OK.
  8. Exit the Options menu.

From now on, PowerPoint will not record or display any of the files that had been accessed using it.