Hide the dropdown list of recent files

Removes the list of most recently used files from the Open dialog box. If you disable this setting or do not configure it the “File name” field includes a drop-down list of recently used files. If you enable this setting the “File name” field is a simple text box. Users must browse directories to find a file or type a file name in the text box. This setting and others in this folder lets you remove new features added in Windows 2000 Professional so that the Open dialog box looks like it did in Windows NT 4. 0 and earlier. These policies only affect programs that use the standard Open dialog box provided to developers of Windows programs. To see an example of the standard Open dialog box start Wordpad and on the File menu click Open. Note: In Windows Vista this policy setting applies only to applications that are using the Windows XP common dialog box style. This policy setting does not apply to the new Windows Vista common dialog box style. It is a requirement for third-party applications with Windows 2000 or later certification to adhere to this setting.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Policies -> Comdlg32 # NoFileMru

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Windows Components -> File Explorer -> Common Open File Dialog


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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