2 Ways to Protect Your Privacy by Clearing the Recent File List in Excel

Some quick features in Excel can help you accelerate the pace of work. However, sometimes they can also cause trouble to you. Thus, you may refer to this article and empty recent documents to protect privacy.

You may find that you can quickly look through the recent files in Excel. And this function can also allow you to quickly open the target file. Comparing with finding the path and then open it, this feature in Excel can save you a lot of time. However, if someone else needs to borrow your computer and use the Excel, he will know which file you have used recently. Thus, you can use the following 2 ways and empty the recent documents.

Method 1: Delete in the Recent File List

  1. Click “File” in the ribbon.
  2. In the list at the left, choose the option “Recent”.Open Recent Documents to Protect Privacy

And then you will see the recent files that you have used.

  1. Right click the file that you want to clear. And you will see a new list.Remove from List
  2. Choose the option “Remove from list”. Thus, this file will be deleted form the list.
  3. If you want to empty this list, you can also choose the “Clear unpinned Workbooks”. Thus, all the unpinned files will be cleared.

However, if you want to keep one file in the list, you can right click the target file and choose the “Pin to list”. Thus, when you select the option “Clear unpinned Workbooks”, this file will remain in the list.

Method 2: Set the Number of Recent Files

  1. Click “File” in the ribbon.
  2. Then click “Options”.Click File and Option
  3. In the new window, click “Advanced”.
  4. Now drag the scroll bar until you see the part of “Display”.Set the Number
  5. In the “Show this number of Recent Documents”, change the default number “25” into 0.
  6. Then click “OK”. And now you will find that there is no file in the list. However, the pinned file will also be cleared form the list. So if you still want to have a pinned file, you may refer to the first method.

Protect Excel at the Outset

Once you have find that your Excel has the tendency of being damaged, you should try to protect it as soon as possible. Otherwise, you will meet with worse result, such as you couldn’t open your files, or the data and information in your files will miss. In addition, you can also prepare a third party tool at hand. It can fix Excel files and retrieve most of your information from even severely damaged files.

Author Introduction:

Anna Ma is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including word recovery and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com

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