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How do I move my Excel Quick Access document list (recent) to new computer

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Now I am using Excel 2010 in my comuputer.
I will change my computer.
How do I move my Excel Quick Access document list (recent) to new computer.
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by:Rob Henson
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On your C drive you should find the following:

C:\Users\UserName\Recent

You may have to go into Folder Options and Deselect the option for Hiding system files.

Copy the contents of this folder to a network location or memory stick and you should be able to paste it back on the new machine.

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Rob H
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by:John Hurst
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That is Excel Back Stage (Back Office) you are looking at there. It just builds itself with use and is tied the to machine userid you are using. It will be different on a new computer, so just allow the list to build.
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by:John Hurst
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On my computer, the lists are here:

C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\15.0

and the lists look like .dat files.

There are more files here:

C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\15.0\OfficeFileCache

I find it easier to permit logical rebuild.
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You will find them here, just copy them to the same location on the new computer:

Window 7
%systemdrive%\Users\%UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Office\Recent

Windows XP
%systemdrive%\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Recent

A list is kept in the registry, you may have to copy it too:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Excel\File MRU
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Excel\Place MRU
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by:certuran
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Dear robhenson, it is a general recent folder of Windows. even you delete inside it, the recent list remains in excel.
Dear John Hurst, do you mean there is no way. Do you mean I must rebuilt in new computer one by one manually?
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by:John Hurst
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I think it is just easier.  I open the files I use regularly, and then pin them as I go. I have about 10 pinned files and it is painless to get going again.
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by:MacroShadow
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I just tested it now, if you import the list from the two registry locations I mentioned, all recent files will be restored.
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by:certuran
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with Registry - export, it worked. Thank you.
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