Specifying the Number of MRU Files

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 11, 2018)

Excel can easily keep track of the last several workbooks you've edited. This list of files is often referred to as the MRU (most recently used) file list. Excel allows you to specify, exactly, how many files you want tracked in this list. You can change the number of MRU files by following these steps:

  1. Display the Excel Options dialog box. (In Excel 2007 click the Office button and then click Excel Options. In Excel 2010 or a later version display the File tab of the ribbon and then click Options.).
  2. Click Advanced at the left side of the dialog box.
  3. Scroll through the available options until you see the Display section. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Advanced options of the Excel Options dialog box.

  5. Use the control labeled Show this Number of Recent Workbooks to indicate how many files you want to appear in the MRU list. (You can set a value up to 50.)
  6. Click OK.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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