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Common Dialog Boxes - Enable or Disable Dropdown List of Recent Files

How to Enable or Disable Common Dialog Boxes Dropdown List of Recent Files
Published by Brink
05 Jan 2012
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How to Enable or Disable Common Dialog Boxes Dropdown List of Recent Files

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The common open file dialog box is the one that opens when you click on File (menu bar), and say either Open, Save, Import, or Export.

This will show you how to enable or disable the common open file dialog boxes drop down list of recent files for all users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

This does not affect auto suggest and auto complete.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.


EXAMPLE: Common Open File Dialog Boxes Drop Down List of Recent Files Enabled and Disabled
NOTE: This applies to the File name field drop-down list of recently used files in common open file dialog boxes.
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OPTION ONE
Using a REG File Download
1. To Enable Common Dialog Boxes Dropdown List of Recent Files
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 3 below.
Enable_Common_Dialog_Boxes_Dropdown_List_of_Recent_Files.reg
download
2. To Disable Common Dialog Boxes Dropdown List of Recent Files
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 3 below.
Disable_Common_Dialog_Boxes_Dropdown_List_of_Recent_Files.reg
download
3.Save the .reg file to your Desktop.

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

5. Double click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC-Windows 7/8) or Continue (UAC-Vista), Yes, and OK when prompted.

6. If you have any common open file dialog boxes already opened, then close and reopen them to apply this setting to them.

7. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



OPTION TWO
Through the Local Group Policy Editor
1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

2. In the left pane, click/tap on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, Windows Explorer (Vista and Windows 7) or File Explorer (Windows 8), and Common Open File Dialog. (see screenshot below)
Common Dialog Boxes - Enable or Disable Dropdown List of Recent Files-gpedit-1.jpg
3. In the right pane of Common Open File Dialog, double click/tap on Hide the dropdown list of recent files to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4. To Enable Common Dialog Boxes Dropdown List of Recent Files
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled. (see screenshot below step 6)

B) Go to step 6.
5. To Disable Common Dialog Boxes Dropdown List of Recent Files
A) Select (dot) Enabled. (see screenshot below step 6)
6. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
Common Dialog Boxes - Enable or Disable Dropdown List of Recent Files-gpedit-2.jpg
7. Close the Local Group Policy Editor window.

8. If you have any common open file dialog boxes already opened, then close and reopen them to apply this setting to them.
That's it,
Shawn





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