Clear your Visual Studio Recent projects list

If you do a lot of tinkering in VS2005 and you want to clear down your recent projects list, this can be easily achieved by some simple registry editing


You will find a list of files in this area of the registry, simply delete the entries.

If you break the numbering you will need to renumber the entries after the one you have removed or the list will be truncated at that point.

Hope this helps you tidy up your recent projects

Author Paul Marshall

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zhangtai said:

Thanks a lot!!! this really helps

24/Jul/2007 04:00 AM

Juan said:

Nice. Thanks a lot!

08/Aug/2007 20:24 PM

Andrew said:

Shot - Always wanted to know how to do that...

09/Apr/2008 11:17 AM

barh said:

        thanks man        
11/Apr/2008 18:37 PM

Masood said:

is this possible to extent the number of projects in the list?

23/Sep/2008 17:16 PM

marshp3 said:

yeah, in VS do the following

Tools -> Options

on the General Node of the Environment root node, increase the numbers in the Recent files group of settings...

Job done

23/Sep/2008 22:04 PM

rohini said:

Thanks It works

06/Oct/2008 07:36 AM

Drew said:

Nice one. Very handy

17/Mar/2009 15:57 PM

bigwes_ga said:

suweet! works perfectly. thanks.

27/Jul/2009 13:57 PM

Arul said:

Thanks a lot.............

19/Aug/2009 07:05 AM

Al said:


22/Oct/2009 10:00 AM

S'phiwo said:

I like it, it works

25/Nov/2009 12:01 PM

murali katta said:

        thanks a lot !
02/Dec/2009 10:06 AM

Rik said:

Works like a charm!

23/Mar/2010 15:02 PM

AZ said:

Thanx alot party

18/Aug/2010 05:54 AM

Shahzad Ali said:

It works. Thanks

07/Sep/2010 08:52 AM

Rajagopalan said:

Thanks a lot

31/Oct/2010 10:06 AM

bru said:

Also works on VS2008

04/Feb/2011 17:08 PM

Ali Sefa SAHIN said:


21/Mar/2011 14:26 PM

Amit said:

Thanks it works...

If the entry doesn't exist for 8.0 then can be found in 9.0 or depending upon the product version.

22/Mar/2011 11:00 AM

Rahul Shandilya said:

Thank a lot Sir...

15/Apr/2011 12:04 PM

Shahzad Ali said:

Thanks. Working fine

18/May/2011 21:47 PM

vijay said:

Thank dude...!

05/Oct/2011 18:27 PM

Lak said:

Thanks a lot...

15/Dec/2011 09:28 AM

Hernaldo Gonzalez said:

Also, you can do generate a .reg file with this code that delete your recent proyects:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



19/Mar/2012 16:53 PM

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