Aaron Akin

January 5, 2009

Cleaning Recent Projects List in Visual Studios

Filed under: SQL 2005,SQL 2008,Visual Studios (BIDS) — Aaron Akin @ 6:16 pm

I’m always creating a bunch of projects in Visual Studios for testing purposes, all of which clutter up my Recent Projects list on the VS Start Page.  If you’re like me and want to clean up this list, make sure Visual Studios is closed and then open up the Registry Editor (Start > Run > regedit) and find the following key:

Visual Studios 8.0 (SQL 2005):
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0\ProjectMRUList

Visual Studios 9.0 (SQL 2008):
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\9.0\ProjectMRUList

Here you’ll find a list of keys that represent the projects/solutions that appear in your Recent Projects.  You can either delete all of these entries, or just specific ones.  Be careful if you only delete specific ones though.  If you have 4 items (File1, File2, File3, File4) and you delete File2, only File1 will appear in your Recent Projects list.  To fix this, you’ll just need to rename the rest of the keys so that there are no gaps in the sequential numbering.  In this case, you would need to rename File3 to File2 and File4 to File3.

When you re-open Visual Studios, you should find a much cleaner list.

-A

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