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Can I access a list of recent documents longer than 10 entries?

asked 2012-03-06 09:55:12 +0100

TJ Meneses gravatar image

updated 2013-09-21 23:03:09 +0100

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Just a simple yes or no question, really, but it's something that piqued my interest. Bonus points if there's a counterpart to web browsers' History page for LO, which you can edit and clear out and have all that other functionality. Otherwise, perhaps a log exists which LO makes to keep track of documents history.

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answered 2012-03-07 16:58:21 +0100

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You can edit your configuration settings and add the PickListSize entry in main.xcd (or in your local configuration, then you'd have to add it to registrymodifications.xcu in the user profile):

<prop oor:name="PickListSize" oor:type="xs:int">

There is a small extension that did this for - it should also work for LibreOffice, but I have not checked it. or its successor

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Excellent tip! I just tested HistoryMaster on versions 3.4.5, 3.5.0 and 3.5.1rc2 and it works perfectly.

Pedro gravatar imagePedro ( 2012-03-07 17:41:41 +0100 )edit

Darn, I tried installing HistoryMaster on my LO 3.5, but it just spouts an error; something about "No Such Element Exception".

TJ Meneses gravatar imageTJ Meneses ( 2012-03-10 03:12:04 +0100 )edit

Actually maybe in recent versions you probably have to put it in an item object: <item oor:path="/org.openoffice.Office.Common/History"><prop oor:name="PickListSize" oor:op="fuse"><value>80</value></prop></item>

Genom gravatar imageGenom ( 2015-11-25 13:15:40 +0100 )edit

Whichever way you use to increase the "PickListSize", be forewarned that doing so significantly increases the size of registrymodifications.xcu. This may change if and when the LO developers separate the thumbnail data of files in the pick list from that XCU file. See

Prince gravatar imagePrince ( 2016-11-15 05:30:18 +0100 )edit

answered 2013-05-14 12:54:00 +0100

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HistoryMaster works for me on LO 3.6.6. To be clearer, the place to change the PickListSize, i.e., the size of the recent documents list, is at Tools > Add-ons

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History Master also worked fine for me Ubuntu 12.04 LibreOffice . The instructions tell you to load the extension and then close all LibreOffice files and restart. You will NOT see an increase in the number available until you open another documents and then you will start seeing the number increase up to the maximum you specify.

Jim7fl gravatar imageJim7fl ( 2013-11-02 01:19:50 +0100 )edit

answered 2017-01-21 22:08:12 +0100

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Fix for Libre Office Version 5 and up. Open Writer and in the menu Go to Tools > Options > LibreOffice > Advanced. Click Expert Configuration and type PickListSize in the search bar > Enter, click History and At the bottom of the page click Edit. Enter the value # you require then click OK and OK again. Close the open windows. LibreOffice 5+ will now remember that # of files in Recent Documents.

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answered 2017-08-02 10:28:18 +0100

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Question / Frague , Question , Domanda

How can we recover the recent files deleted or launch the function: recent files?

Wie man kann die letzte Dateien gelöscht wiederherstellen wurden oder starte die Funktion : Neueste Dateien ?

Comment peut on récupérer les fichiers récents effacés ou lancer la fonction : fichier récents ?

Come possiamo recuperare recenti file cancellati o avviare la funzione: di file recenti ?

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answered 2016-11-12 22:54:38 +0100

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Since LibO V4.2 there is a tool 'Expert Configuration' (later: 'Open Expert Configuration') under > 'Tools' > 'Options' > 'Advanced'.
Since V5.0 therein was added a 'Search' tool to find all the settings containing a specific string.
Searching for PickListSize there will find an entry that can be edited to set the size to any value wanted.

(AOO still does not offer such a tool. However the way through the main.xcd is open.)

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Thank very much you for your support.


Craig22 gravatar imageCraig22 ( 2016-11-13 06:59:38 +0100 )edit
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