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VS Recent Project List Cleaner

, 21 Jan 2004
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How to clear Visual Studio .NET Recent Project List.

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This application was created to give me a way to easily clear some VS project items on VS Start Up page. This application simply explores the registry location where VS.NET stores Projects Lists. Also, the application will check if a project is still existing and mark it as [Broken Link] if it doesn't exist anymore showing that you can remove that project from the recent list.


This application was built using Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003, maybe it doesn't list and clear projects list from previous versions of VS.NET. But you can easy update the code to handle another VS.NET registry location.

Using the code

The code also shows how to access the Windows registry and retrieve/delete/update values from/to it. The Registry.cs file is not mine, it can be in other author submissions here.

//This is the registry location for the VS.Net 2003 Recent list
public string RegistryValueKey = 

Points of Interest

Some parts of this code were easy to migrate from my VB6 version utility.


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Laudeci Oliveira
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Generalvs2005 support Pin
Harm_Salomons3-Jan-07 21:25
memberHarm_Salomons3-Jan-07 21:25 
Generalsupports all Pin
peterchen20-Jun-07 22:32
memberpeterchen20-Jun-07 22:32 
GeneralRe: supports all Pin
Harm Salomons22-Jun-07 6:25
memberHarm Salomons22-Jun-07 6:25 
GeneralRe: supports all Pin
peterchen22-Jun-07 13:33
memberpeterchen22-Jun-07 13:33 
GeneralWorks Great!!! Pin
notjustmani7-Feb-06 8:13
membernotjustmani7-Feb-06 8:13 
GeneralStudio 7.0 support Pin
Maurice Beelen14-Jun-04 1:38
memberMaurice Beelen14-Jun-04 1:38 
GeneralRe: Studio 7.0 support Pin
Laudeci Oliveira14-Jun-04 3:07
memberLaudeci Oliveira14-Jun-04 3:07 
GeneralExactly what I was looking for... Pin
brucetp31-Mar-04 3:18
memberbrucetp31-Mar-04 3:18 
This little util did the job perfectly. It's great being free of all the useless links in my [not so recent] projects. Thanks for sharing!


GeneralA small enhancement Pin
dgroves30-Jan-04 7:27
memberdgroves30-Jan-04 7:27 
GeneralRe: A small enhancement Pin
Laudeci Oliveira31-Jan-04 3:11
memberLaudeci Oliveira31-Jan-04 3:11 

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