Clear Visual Studio Recent Project And Files

Visual Studio keeps a list of recent projects and files in a recent list that shows when you first open Visual Studio. There are many reasons you might want to eliminate one or more items from this list.

  • You removed a project/file and don’t want it to show in the list anymore.
  • You moved to a new source control layout and the project locations changed.
  • The list got too large and unwieldy.

So, here is how you remove or edit items in the list.


  1. Click on Start -> Run (or just type in the box on Vista and later).
  2. Type RegEdit and click OK.
  3. Navigate to…
    1. Files: HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Visual Studio\10.0\FileMRUList.
    2. Proj: HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Visual Studio\10.0\ProjectMRUList.
    3. Note, your version (10.0) might be different depending on VS version.
  4. Close the registry editor.

I hope that helps! If you like this post or have questions, please feel free to leave me a comment.

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