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ACC97: How to Remove the Most Recently Used (MRU) Files List

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IMPORTANT: This article contains information about editing the registry.Before you edit the registry, you should first make a backup copy of theregistry files (System.dat and User.dat). Both are hidden files in theWindows folder.

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The most recently used (MRU) file list is the list of the last fourdatabase files that were opened in Microsoft Access. It appears in theStartup screen for Microsoft Access and at the bottom of the File menu. Youcan remove the names of the last four opened database files by editing theregistry.
WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems thatmay require you to reinstall Windows 95. Microsoft cannot guarantee thatproblems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved.Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

For information about how to edit the registry, view the Changing Keys AndValues online Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe). Note that youshould make a backup copy of the registry files (System.dat and User.dat)before you edit the registry.

In earlier versions of Microsoft Access, the MRU list was stored by user inthe workgroup information file (by default, System.mda in versions 1.x and2.0 or System.mdw in version 7.0). In Microsoft Access 97, this list isstored in the registry.

To remove the file names from the MRU list, follow these steps:
  1. In the Registry Editor (regedit.exe), go to the following registry key:
  2. Double-click the appropriate Value name (MRU1, MRU2, MRU3, or MRU4).
  3. Delete the string that appears in the Value data box.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 for all the MRU file names that you want to remove.
  6. Close the Registry Editor and open Microsoft Access.
The Startup screen and File menu no longer display the MRU file name(s)that you edited in the registry. This does not permanently remove the MRUlist, however. The next time you open a database, the database file namewill be added to the list.
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Microsoft Access 97 Standard Edition

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