How to remove recent documents in Word

The Recent Documents (FILEà Open à Recent Documents) in Word lists the most recent documents you have worked. Quite a handy feature, which enables you to quickly locate a recent document and saves you from the pain of browsing through folders. Word provides the flexibility to choose the number of recent documents to appear.

However, if you don’t want people (with whom you share your system) to know the documents you are currently working, you can restrict Word not to display none of the recent documents.


  1. Click FILE and then select Options from the bottom of the menu. The Word Options dialog box appears.
  2. Click category Advanced from the left hand side pane.
  3. On the right hand side, under the section Display, reset the value to zero in the field “Show this number of recent documents”.
  4. Click OK.