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The bottom of the File menu lists the most recent files that have beensaved or loaded in chronological order (the last file saved or openedappears first). This list of files is commonly referred to as the MostRecently Used (MRU) list.
After you start Word, if you want to open the last file saved or opened,you can manually click the first file listed on the MRU list on the Filemenu, or you can have Word automatically open the file when you start Wordby either modifying the Word command line or creating an AutoExec macro.
To automatically open the last document edited when you start Word, useoneof the following methods:
Method 1: Use the "/mFile1" Switch on the Command Line
Right-click the Start button, and then click Explore.
In Explorer, expand the Windows folder by clicking the plus (+) sign to the left of the Windows folder. Expand the Start Menu folder, and then click the Programs folder.
In the Programs folder, right-click the shortcut for Microsoft Word,and then click Properties.
In the Properties dialog box, select the Shortcut tab. Add "/mFile1" (without the quotation marks) to the Target line. For example, if you are using the default Word 97 folder, change the Target line so that it looks like this: