Recent Items displays a list of the 15 documents you worked on most
recently. If you find that a document you need often doesn’t appear on
this list, even though you did use it recently, it’s likely that 15
documents isn’t enough for you. In that case, you can use a group
policy to configure Windows 7 to display a higher number of recent
Here are the steps to follow to customize the size of the Recent Items list:
Open the Local Group Policy Editor window, as described earlier in this chapter.
Navigate to the User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, Windows Explorer branch.
Double-click the Maximum Number of Recent Documents policy.
Use the Maximum Number of Recent Documents spin box to specify the number of documents you want Windows 7 to display.
can specify a value between 1 and 9,999 (!) in the Maximum Number of
Recent Documents spin box. If you specify more documents than can fit
vertically on your screen, Windows 7 adds scroll buttons to the top and
bottom of the My Recent Documents list.