Microsoft Office 2013 - Fresh install -- Can't find "Open Recent File" to add to QAT

Sean Meyer
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Ok I know this is possible because I have a computer which had Office 2010 and I had the "Open Recent File" Quick access toolbar item.  When I upgraded to Office 2013 the icon stayed in my QAT.  However, when I installed Office 2013 fresh on my new computer it no longer has the "Open recent file" option.

Heck it used to be part of the 12 most popular commands which you could select in the drop-down tab.  Now it is not there are all????

Somebody please tell me they have found a way around this.

Thank You!

I am not going to uninstall office 2013, install office 2010 ... get my button and then install office 2013. DUMB!  There is either a better way or I am not going to have the button.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
I am not sure why the former, but I installed Office 2013 fresh on my laptop and there is no Quick Access Command (looked in ALL commands) to open a recent file. There is no command for recent file (so I looked under O and R).

It is not there and I do not think it is available for a fresh install of Office 2013.
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Commented:
Ok I figured out what they did.... You have two options which you can pick from....

1. Open files from a location (Turn off the backstage in file --> options --> save --> turn off backstage)

OR



2. You can open recent files if you leave the backstage unchecked.


So if you want a button for each of the options (like I had previously) that is not currently possible.

Unless someone has figured out a work around.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
Yes, you can of course use Backstage for recent files. I do that all the time.

But the button you want on the Quick Access Bar which is there on my Office 2010 machine is NOT there on a fresh Office 2013 on my other machine.
Sean MeyerIT Director

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You get one behavior or the other with the new office. There is no way to have both with a fresh install.

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