Excel recent files on right-click in windows 7 taskbar not appearing anymore

Posted on 2011-05-11
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
The list of recent excel files that usually appears on a right-click on the xls icon in the Windows 7 taskbar does not appear anymore. However, it works fine for all other apps including powerpoint and word. how to fix it?

(Office 2003)
Question by:BrdgBldr
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    Accepted Solution

    Jump List...that is corrupted in AutomaticDestinations-hidden system folder is the likely problem..

    To resolve and fix the issue, follow these steps:

    Open Windows Explorer
    Type or copy and paste the following into the address bar: %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations
    Identify files that are comparatively larger in size than the rest of the file, such as files that have file size of 1 MB or more.
    Delete the abnormal file. (If you do not want to retain the Jump Lists’ recent items history on all applications, just delete all the automaticDestinations-ms files in the folder.)
    NOTE: The recent items functionality on Jump Lists will be restored. The recent items on the Jump Lists will be re-added as the program is been used. However, do note that the solution does not restore the previously pinned items. So user will have to pin new items again.

    Author Comment

    thanks. so there is no hint, which of these is the excel one, right?

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    Expert Comment

    Unfortunatley not that im aware, sorry!

    Author Closing Comment

    thank you very much! it works again!

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