List of Recent Documents not showing up in Task Bar or Start Menu.

My list of Recent Documents is not showing up in either my Task Bar or Start Menu.  I have opened Word Options / Advanced, and selected to display 15 recent documents, but they're not showing up.  They used to show up, but suddenly not anymore.  My Excel still shows its recent documents, but Word is no longer showing them.  Please help.  Thanks! :)
 

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Last updated October 13, 2019 Views 158,381 Applies to:
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Check the recent document list within word application. If its fine then there might some corruption in the recent items stored in ‘AutomaticDestinations’ folder.

 

To resolve and fix the issue, follow these steps:

 

1)   Browse to the location mentioned : %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations

 

Note: the folder ‘AutomaticDestinations’ is hidden

 

2)   Delete all the files whose size is 1MB or more.

 

Note: If you cannot find any file sized 1MB or more then delete all the files. This will eventually remove the Jump Lists’ recent items for all the applications. The recent items on the Jump Lists will be re-added as the program is been used. If you delete all the files then ensure that the applications are pinned again to the taskbar.

 

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the fix is very simple: 
1. right click on the start button
2. click on properties
3.  task bar and start menu properties shows 
4. click on start menu 
5. place a check mark in the two boxes in the privacy section.  (store and display recently opened programs/items etc...)
6. click apply and ok 

done!    



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