The 2-click solution outside Word:
- put the shortcuts on your desktop
- click the show desktop shortcut in the Quick Launch Area (or winkey+D)
- click the shortcut
Or use the recent file list in the start menu. That has much more items (in XP at least).
Problem: I have about a dozen documents that I use frequently, but I also open dozens of other documents throughout the week. Office provides a "recently used file list" allowing up to 9 recently used files to be listed, but no way that I am aware of to make a set of key files "sticky" so they are always available at hand.
My solution: Use file explorer to create a folder and create shortcuts for each of the frequently used files. This is an inelegant and cumbersome solution (for example, if I'm already in Word, I have to re-navigate to the folder with the shortcuts).
Question: Is there any way to make frequently used files "sticky" in Office applications so they are readily available no matter how many other files I have used in the interim?