How to Find a Recently Modified Document on Microsoft Word


If you create numerous Microsoft Word documents, then you may sometimes forget where on the computer you've saved them. Searching for a specific Word document in the folders and files on your computer is time consuming, particularly if you have hundreds of files to look through. Word includes a useful time-saving feature that can help you locate documents that you've viewed or modified recently. The program saves a list of recently opened and modified documents that you can access from the main menu.

  • Launch Microsoft Word.

  • Click the "File" tab from the main menu.

  • Click "Recent." This displays a list of recently viewed and modified Word documents.

  • Click on a document title in the list to open it. If you want to save the document in the "Recent" list, right-click the document title and select "Pin To List" from the context menu.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can configure Word to increase the number of recent documents stored in the "Recent" list. Click the "File" tab, then click "Options" in the "Help" section. Click "Advanced." Find the "Display" section. Click on the number of files that you want to keep in the list from the options under "Show This Number of Recent Documents."
  • Moving a closed Word document to another folder on the computer will remove the link to the file from the "Recent" list. To add the document to the "Recent" list again, open the document from the new folder using "File" then "Open" in Microsoft Word.

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