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In windows 7 when you pin Excel 2007 to the start menu, it usually has a small arrow which shows your recently opened documents. Mine only shows permanently pinned documents. It used to work until I tried Office 2010 and then uninstalled it. If I open Excel and click on the file menu, I can see all the recently opened documents so they are being recorded somewhere...

Any idea on how to restore it so I can view them on the start menu - Which I always used before?

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According to this article, the issue may happen because one of the Jump Lists’ recent items in automaticDestinations hidden system folder is corrupted.

Delete or clear Jumplist recent items in Windows 7 that is corrupted in AutomaticDestinations-hidden system folder is the likely solution.. To resolve and fix the issue, follow these steps:

  1. Open Windows Explorer.
  2. Type or copy and paste the following into the address bar: %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations
  3. Identify files that are comparatively larger in size than the rest of the file, such as files that have file size of 1 MB or more. Delete the abnormal file. Tip: If you does not want to retain the Jump Lists’ recent items history on all applications, just delete all the automaticDestinations-ms files in the folder.
  4. The recent items functionality on Jump Lists will be restored.

The recent items on the Jump Lists will be re-added as the program is been used. However, do note that the solution does not restore the previously pinned items. So user will have to pin new items again.

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That would seems like the answer, certainly explains the problem exactly however it did not work for me. – Michelle Nov 4 '10 at 10:47
Can you report what you have seen while following the article, and what are the contents of the AutomaticDestinations folder? – harrymc Nov 4 '10 at 11:01
Comment: Maybe in Windows 7 you are supposed to pin Excel to the task-bar, rather than to the start menu. – harrymc Nov 4 '10 at 17:57
The link doesn't work anymore. – Ekevoo Sep 8 '14 at 19:57
@Ekevoo: Another version might be found in here. The original can still be found on the Wayback Machine. – harrymc Sep 8 '14 at 21:33

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