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How to Clear Microsoft Excel Cache

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There’s no doubt that cache memory is very useful. Almost every computer program relies on it, after all. It helps software remember the most used functions and values, as well as store frequently used files. However, if you don’t clear it regularly, your computer might suffer a drop in performance. On some slower and older computers, programs might become unstable.

Luckily, most programs nowadays let you clear the cache. The Microsoft Office program pack, more specifically Excel, is no exception. Read on to find out how to free up Excel’s cache.

Disable the Recent Documents List

Possibly the simplest way to improve Excel performance is to set the number of recent documents shown to zero. In other words, you’re effectively disabling the recent documents list. Here’s how you can disable it:

  • Click on the Office button located in the top-left corner.
  • Depending on the version, there might not be the Office button. In that case, click on the “File” tab in the main menu.