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Posted 8 Nov 2013

Recent Items Tool Strip Menu Item

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Create menu item that saves recently opened files


This class extends the ToolStripMenuItem control to list recent files and store recently opened files in the registry.

Using the Code

  • Add the cs file to your project.
  • Add a menuStrip and a RecentToolStripMenuItem to your project

  • Add an ItemClick event to set what happens when an item in the list is clicked
  • Add recentToolStripMenuItem.UpdateList(); after InitializeComponent(); in the function Form1()
  • Use recentToolStripMenuItem.AddRecentItem(pathToFile); anytime you save or open a file to add it to the list

You can change the maximum number of items. The default is 5.

recentToolStripMenuItem.MaxItems = 5;

You can change the registry key the recent list is saved in. The default is HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\{Application.CompanyName}\{Application.ProductName}\Recent.

recentToolStripMenuItem.Key = Microsoft.Win32.Registry.CurrentUser.CreateSubKey

Company Name and Product Name can be changed in the solution properties. Click on the button [Assembly Information].

Points of Interest

If you use AddRecentItem() for a file that is already in the list, it automatically moves it to the top of the list.


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