Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Grabbing the MRU List.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 26, 2014)
Word allows you to maintain a list of the most-recently used (MRU) files. This list can record the names of the most recently opened and edited within Word. You can see the MRU list at the bottom of the File menu.
If you want to grab the names of the MRU files and insert those names in a document, you can use the following VBA macro:
Sub MostRecent() Dim J As Integer For J = 1 To RecentFiles.Count Selection.TypeText Text:=RecentFiles(J).Name Selection.TypeParagraph Next J End Sub
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1457) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Grabbing the MRU List.
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