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Sunday, July 24, 2011

How to remove projects from Visual Basic Start Page

Sometimes we create projects just for experimentation and then soon after we are done with the experimentation, we delete the project from the file system in order not to clutter up our working environment. But what about Visual Basic? The Start page of Visual Basic has a list of recent projects and it is meant for a convenient feature. But for the experimental projects that no longer exist, that list does not really reflect the reality.

Here is trick to detect project from visual basic start page

Close Visual Basic software if it is running -> Open Run command from start (press win + R) -> type regedit (Registry Editor) -> press ok -> Navigate to this registry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0\ProjectMRUList -> Then delete the key that has the project you do not want to keep in the list


A little note to keep in mind is that the list only lists consecutive items starting File1. So if in the above list I deleted File6, then only projects corresponding to File1 to File5 will be displayed in the recent project list. File7 and above will not be displayed. If in case you like File7 and above to be displayed, you will need to rename one of the keys so that they form a consecutive numbered list.

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