No recent documents

Following a recent automatic update of LibreOffice Writer to Version 3.5.0, I found that I no longer had a list of recent documents (File – Recent Documents) from which to open files. A LibreOffice forum provided the answer – “Remove registrymodifications.xcu / the corresponding entries from that file and it should work again.” However, even after reading the associated postings, and finding that the file was located at ~/.config/libreoffice/3/user, it still wasn’t clear to me what had to be done.

My initial solution was to rename the file to 0_ registrymodifications.xcu. Running LibreOffice re-created the registrymodifications.xcu file. The recent documents list, although empty, was now displayed, and the list was once again storing file entries for future use. I subsequently deleted the renamed file with no harmful effects, so simply deleting registrymodifications.xcu will evidently do the trick.

And now,  a little heresy.  This is a cross-platform issue. For Windows users, the same posting indicated that the configuration file for the Windows version of LibreOffice is located in C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data. It appears that this may be incorrect. On my system, the file is actually located in C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\LibreOffice\3\user\.

To access this file one needs to set Windows Explorer to show hidden files (Organize – Folder and search options – View – Show hidden files, folders, and drives) and to uncheck  “Hide protected operating system files” since, otherwise, the “AppData” folder isn’t displayed. Deleting the registrymodifications.xcu file fixes the missing recent documents listing for the Windows version of LibreOffice.


Why is the recent documents list empty in 3.5?

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2 Responses to No recent documents

  1. Chris says:

    C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\ – under Windows 7 still exists. It is a link to C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\

    So, it would appear if they say the file exists exactly where you specified (the “Application Data” folder), they are wrong, but if they were just indicating it is below there, or if they actually specify C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\LibreOffice\3\user\ , then that does exist.


  2. Alan German says:


    Thanks for the clarification re. the link designation. The actual comment was: “Renaming the user directory LibeOffice [sic] in C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data solved both the Recent Document bug and the opening a template bug.” However, if I try to access either C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data or C:\Users\username\Application Data, I get an error message that the directory “…is not accessible. Access is denied.” On my Windows box, the configuration file is actually located in C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\LibreOffice\3\user\ as noted in the post.


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