The Run dialog in Windows stores the commands, folder paths and website addresses you typed. The entries are saved to the registry and persist until you manually clear them.
If the Run dialog (Winkey + R) doesn’t retain the recently used command history (a.k.a. MRU entries), this article tells you how to fix the problem in Windows 10 and earlier systems.
Run Command History Not Saved in Windows 10
To make the Run dialog retain the history of commands entered, follow these steps:
- If you’re using Windows 10, open Settings, click Personalization and click Start.
- Enable the Show most used apps option.
If that doesn’t help, there is another setting which you need to check.
- Start the Registry Editor (
regedit.exe) and go to the following key:
- If the value
ClearRecentDocsOnExitexists, right-click on it and choose Delete.
- Repeat the same in the following key:
Note that none of the above registry keys exist by default. They exist only if a GPO or registry-based policy was set by a third-party program. If the keys don’t exist, ignore the step.
ClearRecentDocsOnExitregistry value, if set to
1, it clearing the recent documents history along with the Run commands history automatically at every shutdown. The Run dialog history is stored in the following registry key:
Thirdly, if you clear the Quick access history via Folder Options, it erases the Run command history as well.
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Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 consecutive years from 2003 to 2012.