How to Stop Showing Recent Documents in Excel 2013

Excel 2013 includes a section on its File menu that provides easy access to the files that you have worked on recently. This list of recent Excel documents is very helpful when you work in the program a lot, but you might be working with sensitive information that you don’t want to be easily accessible to anyone with access to your computer.

One way that you can make it a little more difficult for them to find your recent documents is to hide all of them. Removing the list of recent documents in Excel 2013 creates a barrier to finding your recent workbooks, ensuring that anyone who simply opens Excel on your computer won’t be able to immediately find what you have been working on.


How to Hide the List of Recent Documents in Excel 2013

The steps below are going to hide the list of documents that is visible when you click the Open option in the column at the left side of the Excel 2013 File menu. Note that this is not going to hide those files on your computer. People with access to your computer will still be able to find the files by browsing to their actual location. Following the steps below will simply require them to find those files manually instead of clicking a link in Excel.

Step 1: Open Excel 2013.


Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.

click the file tab



Step 3: Click Options near the bottom of the column on the left side of the window.

click the options button



Step 3: Click the Advanced tab at the left side of the Excel Options window.

click the advanced tab



Step 4: Scroll down to the Display section of the menu, then enter 0 into the field to the right of Show this number of Recent Workbooks.

how to hide the recent documents list in excel 2013



Step 5: You can then click the OK button at the bottom of the window to save your changes.


Now when you click File, then Open, you should not see any Excel files listed.


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