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How do I backup and restore the list of recent Documents for Word and Excel 2007?

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I have to perform a ttal system recovery on an XP pro box. Office 2007 is installed and when you open word and excel, it lists the latest files that were opened. How do I back that up and restore that (recent file list) after I reinstall Windows, office and the documents?
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Question by:Tony Giangreco
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by:Chris Bottomley
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That list is populated when you open a file ... therefore it isn't possible to back it up.

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It would be possible to create a couple of macros ... one to export the list to a file and one to open the list, open each file in turn and then the list should be populated ... but it requires the macros to be run before and after the system is re-installed.

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Miguel Angel Perez Muñoz earned 500 total points
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This filelist is stored on registry:
Excel: Hkey current user\software\Microsoft\office\12.0\excel\fileMRU\
Word: Hkey current user\software\Microsoft\office\12.0\word\fileMRU\
Powerpoint: Hkey current user\software\Microsoft\office\12.0\access\fileMRU\

You can export this previous format and reimport when computer is reinstalled.
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by:Tony Giangreco
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Drashiel:

I'm impressed!!! I will try it later in the week when I get to that client.
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by:Tony Giangreco
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Worked perfect. Thanks
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