Tip 15. Increase the “recently used files list”

A lawyer often has to juggle many Word documents throughout the day. In Word, at the bottom of your File menu, you will see a list of your 4 most recently used documents.

It can save time finding your documents if you increase Word’s default number of recently used documents from 4 to a maximum of 9.

To do this with Word for Windows, select “Options” from the “Tools” menu. Click the “General” tab. Change the number in the “Recently Used File List” box to your desired number. For Word for Macintosh, go the “Word” menu and click “Preferences”. Then select “General” and change the number in the “Recently Used File List” box to the desired number.

Try it now:

  • Make sure you have Tips Worksheet 1 open.
  • Follow the instructions provided on the Worksheet to complete exercise 7.

By the way, did you know that you can cycle quickly between your open documents by pressing CTRL and F6 in Windows and CMD and F6 in Macintosh?

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