For the past several weeks, I have noticed that the "display recent document" feature is missing but only for Excel 2013. It is working properly for Word 2013 and PowerPoint 2013:
How can I enable “Recent Documents” for Excel?
I am currently running the latest stable version, 1.31 on Windows 8.1 x64. I have re-installed Start8 and re-booted several times.
Start8 is configured is set to show recently used apps: Under “Which shortcuts do you want on the right hand side?” “Recent Items” are set to “Display as menu.”
The OS is set for collecting that data: Under the “Taskbar and Navigation properties” both “Store recently opened programs” & “Store and display recently opened items in Jump Lists” are enabled (i.e., both are checked).
Excel is configured to show 15 “Recent Workbooks.”