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  1. Brink Win User

    Enable or Disable Dropdown List of Recent Files in Common Dialog Box


    How to: Enable or Disable Dropdown List of Recent Files in Common Dialog Box

    How to Enable or Disable Dropdown List of Recent Files in Common Dialog Box in Windows


    The common open file dialog box is the window that opens when you click/tap on File (menu bar) in a program (ex: Notepad, Registry Editor, etc...), and click/tap on Open, Save as, Import, or Export.

    By default, the File name field in the dialog box includes a drop-down list of your recently used files to select from if wanted.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the drop-down list of recently used files in the common open file dialog box for all or specific users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

    *note You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable the drop-down list of recent files in the common open file dialog box.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: Enable or Disable Dropdown List of Recent Files in Common Dialog Box for All or Specific Users in Local Group Policy Editor
    • Option Two: Enable or Disable Dropdown List of Recent Files in Common Dialog Box for All Users using a REG file

    EXAMPLE: Drop-down list of recently used files enabled and disable in common open file dialog box

    Enable or Disable Dropdown List of Recent Files in Common Dialog Box [​IMG]

    Enable or Disable Dropdown List of Recent Files in Common Dialog Box [​IMG]


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    OPTION ONE [/i] Enable or Disable Dropdown List of Recent Files in Common Dialog Box for All or Specific Users in Local Group Policy Editor
    *note The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option Two below.

    1. Open the all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

    2. In the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor, click/tap on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, File Explorer, and Common Open File Dialog. (see screenshot below)

    Enable or Disable Dropdown List of Recent Files in Common Dialog Box [​IMG]

    3. In the right pane of Common Open File Dialog, double click/tap on the Hide the dropdown list of recent files policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


    5. To Enable Dropdown List of Recent Files in Common Dialog Box
    A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    *note Not Configured is the default setting.

    6. To Disable Dropdown List of Recent Files in Common Dialog Box
    A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)


    Enable or Disable Dropdown List of Recent Files in Common Dialog Box [​IMG]

    7. You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.





    OPTION TWO [/i] Enable or Disable Dropdown List of Recent Files in Common Dialog Box for All Users using a REG file
    *note The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry keys below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Comdlg32

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Comdlg32

    NoFileMru DWORD

    (delete) = Enable
    1 = Disable



    1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


    2. To Enable Dropdown List of Recent Files in Common Dialog Box for All Users
    *note This is the default setting.
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Enable_common_dialog_box_dropdown_list_of_recent_files_for_all_users.reg

    Download

    3. To Disable Dropdown List of Recent Files in Common Dialog Box for All Users
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Disable_common_dialog_box_dropdown_list_of_recent_files_for_all_users.reg

    Download
    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Brink, May 12, 2018
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  2. Try3 Win User

    Search not working in shared folders in word.

    Jordy,

    Just a further note about my comment, "I think you are using a later version of Word but I cannot see that being significant as I would expect it to be calling a Windows search component rather than an Office one".

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  3. eidairaman1, Oct 27, 2019
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  4. slozomby Win User

    Enable or Disable Dropdown List of Recent Files in Common Dialog Box

    Recent File List

    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file1

    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file2
    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file3
    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file4
    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file5
    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file6
    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file7
    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file8
    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file9
    ...

    you get the idea. ( too lazy to put it in a for loop and test it.

    or just open regedit and remove all the fileX from that key.
     
    slozomby, Oct 27, 2019
    #4
  5. 95Viper Win User
    95Viper, Oct 27, 2019
    #5
  6. Nath Bea Win User
    Wrong "remove from list" document on word mobile.

    Hi,

    To further assist you with your concern about re-enabling files that were removed from the Recent Documents List in Word, we suggest to follow this steps:

    • Click the FILE tab in the program.
    • Click Options from the list on the left side of the screen.
    • On the Word Options dialog box, click Advanced in the list of options on the left.
    • On the Advanced screen, scroll down to the Display section. Select the value in the Show this number of Recent Documents edit box. You can choose to change the value to 0 to disable the list.
    • When you open Word, or select the Open option in the program, there are no documents in your Recent Documents list.
    • To re-enable the list, go back into the Word Options dialog box and enter the desired value (from 0 to 50, inclusive) in the Show this number of Recent Documents edit box on the Advanced screen. If any documents were previously displayed in the Recent Documents
      list, they are added to the list again.

    We're just here if you have further questions.

    Regards.
     
    Nath Bea, Oct 27, 2019
    #6
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