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Visual Studio Tip: Extend Your Most Recently Used List

The most recently used (MRU) lists on Visual Studio's menu list the last 10 projects (or files) that you worked on. However, I'm sometimes working on multiple projects for multiple clients simultaneously (please don't tell them: each one thinks they're exclusive). As a result, I have many projects on the go and often have trouble remembering which one I'm working on for any particular client.

Which leads me to Microsoft Office: One of the reasons I like the latest versions of Office is that they do a great job of showing me all the files and folders I've touched in the recent past. It's a great memory jogger because it isn't limited to the last 10 items.

You can't get those Office lists with Visual Studio, but you can extend your MRU lists to something more than 10: In Visual Studio, go to Tools | Options | Environment | General and set the "items shown in recently used lists" option to a higher number. Or, to a lower number if you'd prefer to forget about some of your recent projects.

Posted by Peter Vogel on 07/24/2013


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