Clear Visual Studio Recent Project List

Do you create/open a lot of Visual Studio Projects to try out/learn things? Then your Recent Projects List in Visual Studio start page might always be filled with unnecessary/non-existent projects. Such recent list makes difficult finding the one we actually need from the recent list.

One way to clear that list, probably what most of the people know is – to change the path of the projects and click & remove one by one. But there’s a better way.

All these recent project lists go into a registry key:

“HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\##.#\ProjectMRUList”. Where, ##.# is the Visual Studio version.

You can delete all the values under this key to clear the recent list in the Visual Studio Start Page. The Recent List will be cleared after you restart Visual Studio. But if you want to clear a few & keep a few, then…

  1. Delete the values you wish to delete
  2. Make sure the names of the keys are in sequence starting with File1, File2, File3, etc.

This can be done in elevated Command Prompt using following command…

REG DELETE HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\12.0\ProjectMRUList /VA

The above command will clear the Recent Projects List in Visual Studio 2013.

To further make this more convenient, we can add this command to Visual Studio External Tools.

  1. Click on “TOOLS > External Tools…”
  2. Click on “Add”
  3. Enter Details:
    1. Title: Clear Project MRU
    2. Command: C:WindowsSystem32cmd.exe
    3. Arguments: /K REG DELETE HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftVisualStudio12.0ProjectMRUList /VA
  4. Click “Apply”
  5. Click “OK”

See the image below…


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