Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Grabbing the MRU List.

Grabbing the MRU List

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 4, 2020)

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Excel allows you to maintain a list of the most-recently used (MRU) files. This list can record the names of up to the last nine workbooks opened and edited within Excel. Understand that nine workbooks is the default; the user can actually change the number of workbooks that can be maintained in the list. See the tip MRU Files Won't Display for more information.

If you want to grab the names of the MRU files and insert those names in a worksheet, you can use the following macro:

Sub MostRecent()
    Dim J As Integer

    For J = 1 To Application.RecentFiles.Count
        Cells(J, 1) = Application.RecentFiles(J).Name
    Next J
End Sub

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ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (9783) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Grabbing the MRU List.

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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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2020-06-08 01:31:19

KV

@RKeev ... changing the .name to .path doesn't seem to work. It simply reproduces the MRU file list.
I suspect that is because the code is still referring to Application.RecentFiles.

There doesn't seem to be any VBA equivalent for the object folders specifically, like say: Application.RecentFolders.
(I tried changing Application.RecentFiles to Application.RecentFolders, and it gave an error.)


2020-06-04 08:15:35

RKeev

Just change the .name to .Path


2020-06-04 08:02:53

David Zman

Would be nice if it included the full path to the files listed.


2015-03-21 13:46:34

Khushnood Viccaji

Is there any way to grab the MRU folders list?

I use the files list regularly in VBA code to manage the list.
But I haven't been able to find any code for the folders list.


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