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How to Clear the Recent Management Packs List from the Service Manager Authoring Tool

Author by Christopher Mank

If you're like me, you like to keep the tools and programs you use clean and tidy.  One of the great features of the Service Manager Authoring Tool (AT) is similar to Visual Studio, it keeps track of all the recent Management Packs (MPs) you've opened. This is a great feature, but sometimes during the development cycle of creating/updating MPs, you don't really know which version of the MP is actually being displayed in the Recent Management Packs list. Periodically what I like to do is clear out this list and start over so I know exactly what is being displayed.  But as you quickly notice, there is no option in the UI to do this.  The good news, just like Visual Studio, is that we can clear this list out by deleting a key in the registry.  Here is how: 1.  When you open the Authoring Tool, you will notice that the top three recent MPs are displayed. Service Manager SCSM Authoring Tool Recent Management Packs List Image 2.  Open the Registry by browsing to Start --> Run, typing "regedit" and clicking OK.  Browse to the following location in the registry. HKCUSOFTWAREMicrosoftAppEnv9.0AppsSMAuthoring_e83deeb6-e11c-4a0a-8ba6-f2107fa3c3c7FileMRUList As you can see from the below screenshot, the Authoring Tool keeps track of the MRU (Most Recently Used) list for each opened MP. Service Manager SCSM Authoring Tool Registry Recent List Image 3.  To clear the MRU list, simply delete the FileMRUList registry key.  For those of you who like something even quicker than this, you can run the below command from an elevated PowerShell prompt to delete the proper key. Get-Item HKCU:SOFTWAREMicrosoftAppEnv9.0AppsSMAuthoring_e83deeb6-e11c-4a0a-8ba6-f2107fa3c3c7FileMRUList | Remove-Item -Force 4.  If you still have the Authoring Tool open, close and reopen it and you will now see that the recent MP list is now cleared. Service Manager SCSM Authoring Tool Recent Management Pack List Clear Image Now you can keep the Authoring Tool clean and know exactly which MPs are showing in the Recent Management Packs list. Until the Whole World Hears, Christopher

Christopher Mank

Systems Architect