The list of recently opened files is too short.

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The list of recently opened files is too short. I need to see more than the default 4 items on this list. How do I achieve this?

The easiest way to increase the size of this list is to use a macro. For example, Recent Files List Changer Macro If using a macro is inconvient or you simply want to dig into, here's how:

  • You need to edit one of the configuration files. Before you do that, close all OOo windows, and also make sure that the Quickstarter is closed, too.
  • Now, on your computer, search for the file "...\user\registry\data\org\openoffice\Office\Common.xcu." If you find more than one file named "Common.xcu", make sure it's in the path specified here.
  • In this file, look for the line:

<node oor:name="History">

  • Now, directly after this line, add the following lines:
<prop oor:name="PickListSize" oor:type="xs:int">
  • Save.

Once you've opened and closed the next file in OOo, the list of recently opened files will have grown by one line. Its maximum number of items will be the value you've specified; in the above example that's 10.

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