How to Delete Run Command History in Windows 10/11

By | December 25, 2021

This article will explain how to clear the history of the Run command in Windows 10 or Windows 11. The Run dialog box is a very powerful tool in Windows 10 or Windows 11. You can use this utility to open the applications and documents you want directly which you know the path. You just need to type the application name or folder path in the text box, then press Enter and it will take you to the desired location.

Moreover, it stores the commands you use to open applications on your computer. And when you type the first letter of any command, all matching commands will be listed there. If you want to delete items in your Run dialog history, then this article will help you do that.

How to Delete Run Command History

On Windows 10 or Windows 11, you can use the Registry Editor to clear the history of the Run command. Make sure you are logged into your computer as an administrator.

Since we will be doing this with a registry editor, it is recommended that you back up your Windows registry because modifying the registry is very risky if you don’t know what you are doing. To clear the Run command history, you need to clear the Most Recently Used (MRU) list.

  • To get started, you must first open the Registry Editor on your computer. To do this, you can search for regedit via the Search box on the Taskbar and click on Registry Editor in the results that appear. Or you can press the button Win + R, then type regedit and press Enter.
  • When the UAC window appears on the screen, click Yes to open the Registry Editor on your computer.
  • After opening the Registry Editor, navigate to the following path below this.


HKEY_CURRENT_USER
SOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerRunMRU

  • In the RunMRU keyreg, you will find a list of DWORD in the right pane named a, b, c, d and so on.
  • Now right click on each DWORD ( except Default) and then select Delete. This step is to delete the history of the Run dialog on your PC.
  • If a pop-up appears on the screen for your approval, just click it Yes.

Most cleaner apps also clear the MRU list. You can also use other specialized free applications such as MRU Blaster, to clear the Most Recently Used (MRU) list and remove all traces and usage tracks from your corner of Windows, including Explorer, Office, Visual Studio and others.

So this tutorial, hopefully it will help you in clearing the history of the Run command on your Windows 10 or Windows 11. Don’t forget to leave your comments below to share your thoughts and experiences in following this tutorial. Thank you and GBU. UNITED AGAINST COVID-19!!

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