PC Doctor November 27, 2018

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Dear PC Doctor:

I hope you can help me!

At work, when I open Word, I navigate to Recent Items to open and edit the files I am working on. Because my work involves updating the same batch of files, this is the easiest way for me to get to them.

The problem is that sometimes other staff use my computer. When they do, all their files end up in my Recent Items, and it looks like they are ‘pinned’ somehow. It’s only a problem because the list is really long and I can’t find my stuff. What do those pins mean? Can I clear the list without actually deleting their files?

It’s Word on Windows 10.

Thank you,


Dear M:

It sounds like the other users’ files have gotten pinned to your recently used files list. To remove a file from that list, navigate to your recent items list, highlight an item that you don’t want to show in that list, and right-click. From the menu that appears, choose Remove from List. (Be sure not to choose Delete file!) Voila! You will no longer see that item when you click on Recent.

Until next time,
Happy Computing!

PC Doctor

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