How to Delete the Windows Run Dialog History

The Windows Run Dialog will keep track of everything its ever opened. This feature can be useful, but it also might not always be ideal. Here’s how to clear it.

Erase Run Dialog History in Windows

Ever since installing Windows 8, I’ve been using the Run Dialog much more often, and that habit has carried on my Windows 7  desktops as well. This also means that the run dialog’s history is completely full of junk, including a full list of everything I’ve ever opened through it. Unfortunately, there isn’t an obvious way to clear out the Run history but it can be done.


This tutorial has the side effect of also clearing out the Start Menu history in Windows 7. Windows 8 is not effected in the same way because it does not have the traditional Windows Start Menu.

In Windows 7 or 8, simply click an empty spot on the desktop Taskbar and then select Properties.


In Windows 7 click the Start Menu tab and then uncheck both of the boxes under the Privacy category.

In Windows 8 click the Jump Lists tab and uncheck the top box under the Privacy category. It will be labeled “Store recently opened programs.”

Once these boxes are unchecked, click Apply. The history should be all cleared out. Now if want to continue tracking future Start Menu / Run Dialog history you can recheck the boxes and click OK to save and exit.

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A quick look at the Run Dialog will show that the history has been completely cleared. Enjoy the clean slate!


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  1. Alan

    Thats a great tip Austin,
    More of them needed!

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