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How do I restore the recent files lists in office apps?

I ran ccleaner on a machine and erred in not leaving the recent documents unchecked.

The user really wants them back.  It's a win 7 machine with word 2013. I found the folder it seems to keep the recent files for all the office (and other?) apps:


I right click on that to use previous versions, but that tab isn't in properties on that folder...
It's on an server 2012 r2 essentials and is being backed up. So I went in there, burrowed down to that recent folder and recovered the files.
a) even with hidden and system files showing, it doesn't show the files / shortcuts / lnk files in that recent folder.  But if you right click on recent items, properties DOES say there's 134 files in there.
b) I restored from the backup to another folder and can see the files then. But can't drag /drop the lnk files into the recent folder.

attrib of the files is just a, not h or s...

Is there any way to get the lnk files into the recent folder other than open each of the items from the other folder to rebuild the list manually?

I did see there's registry entries also for recent office files.  So there's files AND registry entries for the same thing? Any thoughts on how to do this?
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Paul NeralichBusiness OwnerCommented:
Hello BeGentle,

Does CCleaner automatically take a backup of the registry before it makes any changes to it? It may create one in the user's "My Documents" folder. If it exists:

You can isolate the registry key that contains the MRU (most recently used) data and import it.
(The key for Word 2013 is something like: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Excel\User MRU\<some ID value>\FILE MRU

Alternatively, you could import the entire backed-up .reg file, re-execute CCleaner, and (this time) leave "recent documents" unchecked ;-)
BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelpAuthor Commented:
Thanks... so you think the recent list is really coming from the registry, not the recent folder?  I did an experiment, making a file with unique name.  there was a lnk file in the recent folder... and another entry in the recent of the registry.  

I guess i should delete a registry entry and look if the item is out of the recent list in word.

Paul NeralichBusiness OwnerCommented:
Any success?
BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelpAuthor Commented:
Thanks. I haven;t had time to take a shot at it... but your tips make lots of sense!
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