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QuickTip: Clean up Visual Studio's Recent Project List

We recently revised the organizational structure of some source code, and as a result projects now resided in new locations on disk.  I've a big fan of the MRU list, and make use of it often in visual studio (both via the File->Recent Project/Solution menu option and the quick links available on the VS start page).  The reorganization of my code base orphaned this links.  I was unable to locate a UI for managing this list within visual studio, but did locate the source of these lists in my window's registry.

 

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\9.0\ProjectMRUList

 

Open RegEdit (or your favorite registry editor), migrate to the above locate and modify/delete the MRU list presented within.

 

It's the small things that speed along the work day, don't you think?

Print | posted on Sunday, February 17, 2008 10:47 PM | Filed Under [ Visual Studio ]

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# re: QuickTip: Clean up Visual Studio's Recent Project List

Hi,

Just in case :) when a recent project or file in Visual Studio is orphaned, clicking on it brings a dialog asking you if you want to remove it from the list... Easier than tweaking the registry :)

HTH,
Laurent
2/18/2008 8:57 AM | Laurent
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# re: QuickTip: Clean up Visual Studio's Recent Project List

Thanks for the reply. You're right of course about the vs dialog appearing for orphaned solutions, but I actually wanted to modify the location of each of my solutions so I wouldnt have to dig through my filesystem and try to rebuild them.
2/18/2008 9:43 AM | Chris
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# re: QuickTip: Clean up Visual Studio's Recent Project List

Try "MRU Manager" at CodeProject

http://www.codeproject.com/KB/applications/MRUManager.aspx
2/18/2008 11:53 AM | Eddie Velasquez
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# re: QuickTip: Clean up Visual Studio's Recent Project List

show me the projects list of visual studio 6.0
4/13/2010 7:41 AM | nupur
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# re: QuickTip: Clean up Visual Studio's Recent Project List

HI

Visual Studio 2008 gives a name to each element in MRU, same as the directory that the project is stored in, is there any way to customize it?

Regards
5/2/2010 12:03 PM | Manuel
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# re: QuickTip: How to Remove Desktop from Visual Studio 2008 Recent Project

there are no option because when i click on desktop on recent list of vs 2008 it opens desktop items.

Thanks
9/9/2011 3:28 AM | Bharat
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# re: QuickTip: Clean up Visual Studio's Recent Project List

Keep in mind that if you delete keys in the registry directly that any keys with higher numbers that you want to keep must be renamed. If you delete the "File2" key, you'll only see the project/solution referred to in File1.

If you open and close studio, all the entries with higher number will be REMOVED.
9/22/2011 4:33 PM | Chuck
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# re: QuickTip: Clean up Visual Studio's Recent Project List

Nice article. By the way, Visual Smarter has a lot of tools for Visual Studio. You may like it.

Http://VisualSmarter.blogspot.com
10/24/2015 9:33 PM | Visual smarter
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