All Office applications offer a Open Recent... submenu (under File menu) that lists recent opened files.

Is there a way to disable Open Recent... or set to zero the number of listed files?

Why I want to disable Open Recent...:

The mentioned submenu is usefull. However the application attempts to access all listed recent files when File menu is selected (don't ask my why...)

If a recent file is stored on a unmounted disk image or network share the finder attempts to mount the volume.

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Setting to zero Finder's menu recent items count (via System Preferences > General) also sets to zero all Office applications' Open Recent... items count.

Not a definitive solution but a viable workaround until Microsoft fixes the issue (assuming that is a bug that Office apps "touch" all files listed in Open Recent... when File menu is clicked)

  • Maybe worth trying to use the Shift + Command + P shortcut to open the New from Template window and then clicking on the Recent icon in the lefthand bar. This will bring up a whole heap of recent files and will show you their location. So you could look over them and right-click on any belonging to network drives etc and choosing the Remove from Recent option. Not sure if this will also remove it from the File > Open Recent menu, but might solve the issue. If not, then maybe using Shift + Command + P or the File > New from Template menu instead of the File > Open Recent menu is viable?
    – Monomeeth
    Sep 2, 2019 at 22:29
  • @Monomeeth I can manually remove a "Recent item" but as I open the file again, it's again in the recent files list. So everytime I open a file on a network share I would have to remember to remove it...
    – Paolo
    Sep 3, 2019 at 7:53

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