This article describes how to remove the recent entries from the Windows Media Player play list.
Use the following method to remove the most recent entries from the Windows Media Player play list:
Use Registry Editor to manually delete either the RecentURLList key or the RecentFileList key.
Use the Clear History feature in Windows Media Player 9 Series.
Using Registry Editor
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To remove the play list entries:
Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).
Locate, and then click the following registry key:
If you are using Windows Media Player 6.4, click
RecentURLList, and then click Delete on the
If you are using either Windows Media Player 7, 7.1, or Windows Media Player for Windows XP, click
RecentFileList, and then click Delete on the
Quit Registry Editor.
Note This registry key is re-created the next time you open a file in Media Player.
Remove Items from the Registry
To remove items from the play list, you can clear either of the following registry keys:
To remove content that has been streamed from a particular Web site, clear the following registry key:
To remove the entire file list that you recently played, clear the following registry key:
Both of these settings exist for the Media Player 7 and later. If you clear the RecentFileList setting, you may not remove sufficient content. Some URL files may still appear on the player screen.
Removing recent entries in Windows Media Player 9 and 10 series
Click Options under the
Click the Privacy tab.
Click the Clear History button to clear Windows Media Player's recently played files list.
If you are using Windows Media Player 9, click the
Clear CD/DVD button to clear Windows Media Player's recently played CD and DVD list.
If you are using Windows Media Player 10, click the
Clear Caches button to clear Windows Media Player's recently played CD and DVD list.