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.

  • That would seems like the answer, certainly explains the problem exactly however it did not work for me.
    – Michelle
    Nov 4, 2010 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, 2010 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, 2010 at 17:57
  • The link doesn't work anymore.
    – Liz
    Sep 8, 2014 at 19:57
  • @Ekevoo: Another version might be found in here. The original can still be found on the Wayback Machine.
    – harrymc
    Sep 8, 2014 at 21:33

Though it's been years since you asked this question, here is what to do in Excel 2010 (should also work for Excel 2007):

  1. Right-click on the taskbar, that is, the bar at the bottom of your screen (where you see all the open applications minimized).
  2. Click Properties.
  3. Click the Start Menu tab.
  4. Under Privacy, select both the below check boxes (where you currently see the second check box as "not selected"):

    • Store and display recently opened programs in the Start menu
    • Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and the taskbar
  5. Click Apply and then OK.

Once done, open any Excel file. The recent items will show the file(s) you just opened.


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