How to Pin Most-Used Files and Folders to the Open Screen in Office 2013

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When working in Microsoft Office, you may have files you open often or a specific folder you use to store all your Office documents. Office programs allow you to pin most-used files and folders to the “Open” screen for quick and easy access.

To pin a recently opened file to the “Open” screen, open a document (new or existing) in Word and then click the “File” tab.

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On the “Open” screen, click “Recent Documents,” if that is not the currently active selection.

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The the list of “Recent Documents” on the right side of the “Open” screen, move your mouse over a document that you want to pin to the “Open” screen. Click the sideways push pin icon to pin the item to the list.

NOTE: If you want to pin a file not available on the “Recent Documents” list, open the file once and close it. It will then be available on the “Recent Documents” list.

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The push pin turns into an upright push pin, the document moves to the top of the list, and there is a line between the pinned file and the rest of the files in the list.

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To pin a folder to the “Open” screen, click “Computer.”

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Move your mouse over a folder in the list of “Recent Folders” on the right side of the “Open” screen. Click the sideways push pin icon to pin the folder to the “Open” screen.

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NOTE: If the folder you want to pin is not in the “Recent Folders” list, you can add the folder the the list by opening a document in the desired folder. To do so, click “Browse.”

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On the “Open” dialog box, navigate to the folder you want to pin and select a file in the folder. Click “Open.”

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Click the “File” tab again and click “Open” to go to the “Open” screen again. The “Current Folder” displays at the top of the “Computer” list, if you just opened a file in the folder. Below the “Current Folder” is the list of “Recent Folders” with the pinned folder at the top with a line below the pinned folder.

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You can pin additional files and folders as well and they will all be displayed at the top of the “Recent Documents” list or “Recent Folders” list.

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