But obviously these shortcuts are dead as the folder/files have moved or vanished?
Please advise, hopefully someone else has had this problem.
If you are running Microsoft Windows 98 or later, at least some updates should be available for your computer.
In most cases, automatic updates and the latest drivers are available online.
To add Recent Documents back to your Word list, repeat steps above, but set the number of original documents to 5, 10, or any other number you want.