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Clear the most recently used list

Windows XP keeps a record in the registry of applications you've launched from the Run command, called the most recently used (MRU) list. You can access the MRU list by clicking the drop-down list in the Run dialog box.

The MRU feature is designed to make it easier for you to relaunch applications at a later date. However, this list can get crowded, which makes it difficult to find the application you want.

To clear the Run command's MRU list, perform the following registry edit:

1. Launch the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).

2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\


3. Right-click the RunMRU key and select Export.

4. Name the .reg file Clear Run MRU and click Save.

5. Close the Registry Editor.

6. In Notepad, open the Clear Run MRU.reg file.

7. Add a minus sign to the beginning of the key name, just inside the square brackets.

8. Delete all lines that follow the line containing the key path.

9. Save the file and close Notepad.

Now, anytime you want to clear the Run command's MRU list, just double-click the Clear Run MRU.reg file. The Registry Editor will display two dialog boxes: one that prompts you to confirm the operation and one that lets you know the operation was successful. You then have to reboot, or at least log off and then log back on, for the change to become effective.

Note: Since editing the registry is risky, be sure you have a verified backup before saving any changes.

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