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Visual Studio Project MRU List Editor III

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An update to a stand-alone tool for editing Visual Studio's MRU list
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Josh Beach wrote a utility for editing the MRU list used by Visual Studio. You can find his original article here. Peter then added some extra functionality and you can find his updated version here.

I really like the app, but I had a few niggles so I made some changes of my own:

  • It now supports Visual Studio 2008
  • The default Studio version selected in the drop-down box will be the newest, rather than the oldest
  • The buttons have ToolTips
  • It doesn't list Visual Studio versions that you don't have installed
  • Better-looking buttons
  • Re-named some of the buttons and changed the layout a bit
  • Added an installer project
  • A few other tweaks and fiddles because I was bored

As I can't upload new versions to someone else's article, I've created my own - my first article here at The Code Project, shame it's not my own work!

Using the Code

I have really only fiddled with the UI and made some small changes to the existing code so please take a look at Josh and Peter's original articles for code information. If you want to add other versions of Visual Studio to the list, take a look at the MainForm() constructor in MainForm.cs - it's just a case of adding a new AddVersion() call.


June 5, 2008 - peterchen

  • Fixed: Save failed when Visual Studio 2008 was not installed
  • Added: Additional keyboard support
    Shift+Up/Down to move an item, Del to remove, Num-+ to add an existing project/solution
  • Changed selection change after Delete to match my personal preferences

Oct 29, 2009 - Nelviticus

  • Changed: Uses ListView instead of ListBox for better display of file name and directory - much easier to read
  • Added: Now supports Visual Studio 2010. You can add support for other versions by editing the config file in your installation directory (if using the installer) or editing the project settings (if building the project yourself). No need to add a new AddVersion() call and re-build the application

April 22, 2010 - Nelviticus

  • Fixed: Browsing to Visual Studio 2010 projects by double-clicking entries or clicking the 'Explorer' button now works. VS2010 uses environment variables in the file paths it stores in the registry, but because the Process.Start method doesn't expand these, we have to do it manually.


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


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SuggestionI wish there were an executable to try out... Pin
fwcetus4-Oct-13 12:00
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GeneralRe: I wish there were an executable to try out... Pin
Nelviticus6-Oct-13 22:49
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GeneralNew version Pin
Alberto M.30-Sep-10 13:14
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GeneralRe: New version Pin
Nelviticus30-Sep-10 22:37
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Generalthe compressed file is corrupted! Pin
Alberto M.25-Apr-10 3:12
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GeneralRe: the compressed file is corrupted! Pin
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GeneralRe: the compressed file is corrupted! Pin
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GeneralRe: the compressed file is corrupted! Pin
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GeneralRe: the compressed file is corrupted! Pin
Alberto M.29-Apr-10 10:01
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GeneralGreat Stuff: VS2010 Pin
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GeneralRe: Great Stuff: VS2010 Pin
Nelviticus13-Apr-10 22:02
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GeneralRe: Great Stuff: VS2010 Pin
peterchen14-Apr-10 1:26
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GeneralRe: Great Stuff: VS2010 Pin
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QuestionSource and Installer packages are missing? Pin
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AnswerRe: Source and Installer packages are missing? Pin
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GeneralRe: Source and Installer packages are missing? Pin
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GeneralNot saving Pin
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GeneralRe: Not saving Pin
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GeneralRe: Not saving Pin
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GeneralRe: Not saving Pin
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QuestionZip compression? Pin
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AnswerRe: Zip compression? Pin
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