How can I programmatically add a file to word's Recent Files?

Posted on 2008-06-11
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I want to be able to remove items from the ApplicationClass.RecentFiles and then restore them.  I am able to remove them by playing with the RecentFiles.Maximum size, but thus far I have been unable to restore them.  I've included a code sample, and will award points for the first person to show me what I'm doing wrong in the simple example.

Thanks in advance!
private static Word.ApplicationClass wd = null; // Initialized elsewhere


private object[] recentFiles;

private int recentMax;

public void RemoveRecent()


    recentFiles = new object[wd.RecentFiles.Count];

    for (int i = 1; i <= wd.RecentFiles.Count; i++)


        recentFiles[i - 1] = (object)wd.RecentFiles[i];


    recentMax = wd.RecentFiles.Maximum;

    wd.RecentFiles.Maximum = 0;



public void RestoreRecent()


    object readOnly = true;

    wd.RecentFiles.Maximum = recentMax;

    for (int i = recentFiles.Length - 1; i > 0; i--)


        wd.RecentFiles.Add(ref recentFiles[i], ref readOnly);



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Question by:guxiyou
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anarki_jimbel earned 400 total points
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I believe it's quite obvious what's wrong.

You copy a collection of recent files into some array. What's the type of a recent file object?
Ansewr: Word.RecentFile, isn't it?

Now, you are trying to add these objects back to recent files using "Add" function. What's the type of the first argument in Add? Yes, object, but I believe not any object, but, e.g.,  Word.Document. And not Word.RecentFile object. Word.RecentFile is return type for the method...

So, I believe, the method does not accept the object type  but does not throw an exception.

Hope this helps.
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GrahamSkan earned 100 total points
ID: 21764616
This is VB syntax.

To simply add to the top of the list :

wd.RecentFiles.Add "C:\MyFile.doc"

Note that you can capture the new object into a variable if necessary:

    Dim rf As RecentFile
    Set rf = wd.RecentFiles.Add("C:\MyFile.doc")

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Sorry. Hit the submit button before finishing.

The first parameter can be a Document object, but it can also be a string. The  code that I have shown does work in VBA.

The RecentFile object has Name property which  is, of course, a string, so you could use that.
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" ... will award points for the first person to show me what I'm doing wrong "

I showed - and what!? :)

Be careful when you do promises! (You didn't promise any point for the solution :))
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I looked back over my question, and you are correct. Is there a way I can re-award points? Or award to you as well? I guess I thought the need for the solution was implied.
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You have picked my two comments as the answer and the assist. If that was an error and you meant to pick anarki_jimbel's in one of those capacities, you can ask in the support area for the question to be reopened and the points re-assigned. I will raise no objection.
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No worries, guys - I'm just joking :)
I'm here for fun, and not crazy about point at all. Just a break at working place :)

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Thanks, your comments were very helpful and exactly what I was looking for.

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