Documents Recommended for Word, PowerPoint, and Excel on Windows

Get to Your Most Important Work Faster on Microsoft office 365

In the face of ever-expanding file, email, and discussion traffic. We are trying to help you find the files that are most important to you and your team.

How do you keep track of or become aware of a Word file. That has had 3 different edits in the last day. Find out that you’ve been @mentioned with a couple questions in an Excel file, or that you have 5 unread comments in an important presentation your team is working on? What if you had a prioritized list of files. That had the most significant sharing, commenting, @mentions, editing, and opening activity?

The Recommended Documents service is the “magic” that helps keep track of all of this for you. It is the Intelligence that monitors all the file activity and uses machine learning (ML) to come up with a short list of files. That is just what you need, saving you time and reducing distraction.

Using Recommended Documents

This service is now available in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Windows. Can be accessed when you click File and either open or create a file. You’ll see a group of cards that provide easily scannable information. About the content and collaboration status of a few documents that we believe you should pay attention to. Let’s review each element:

  • The center of the card features a thumbnail so you can quickly recognize the file.
  • The upper part features an icon to indicate what type of activity is most significant. That tells you who it was associated with. The 2nd line is the timestamp to let you know when the activity occurred.
  • At the bottom of the card, you’ll find the file name as well, location of the file for reference.

Please note that for documents to appear in the Recommended Documents section. They must be stored on OneDrive for Business or SharePoint.


The feature is currently available in the latest Insider builds of Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Windows.  It is also already available worldwide on and in Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iOS and Mac. 

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