Luckily, Flexigensoft figured it out and offers a better Recent Documents called ActualDoc. The free program offers two ways to find a recently-used file. You can right-click the systray icon for lists by category--Documents, Internet Documents, Drawings and Images, and so on. Or you can double-click that icon for the full-fledged program, where you can narrow the selection still further by date and file type (such as Word documents and text files).
Security options clear Windows' Recent list and password-protect ActualDoc.
The 20-Euro ActualDoc Pro adds file viewers, custom categories, and document search.