Emaroo 4.1 – Hide Those Tryout Visual Studio Projects!

Emaroo is a free utility for browsing most recently used (MRU) file lists of programs like Visual Studio, VS Code, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop, Illustrator and more. Quickly open files, jump to their folder in Windows Explorer, copy them (and their path) to the clipboard - or run your own tools on files and folders with custom actions!

  • Download Emaroo on www.roland-weigelt.de/emaroo
  • Get ready-to-use custom actions on GitHub, e.g.
    • Open a Visual Studio project/solution in a specific version of Visual Studio
    • Open the Visual Studio developer command line
    • Open a file or folder in Visual Studio Code
    • Open a folder in Git Bash or Git GUI
    • Attach a file to a new email in Outlook
  • Learn how to write your own custom actions in a quick step-by-step guide.

About this Release

With Emaroo 4.1, you can now hide files or directories This is nice for hiding all those small tryout projects (“App1”, “App2”, etc.) that you are just not quite ready yet to delete on disk.

Open the context menu and check the “Hide in list” option:


To make a hidden list item visible again, check the “Show hidden” checkbox (to show all hidden items)…


…and open the context menu on the item you want to show again.

Then uncheck the “Hide in list” option:


The release also fixes a couple of bugs, so an update is definitely recommended!

Read the full release notes on the Emaroo website.


  • Is there a way to debug/get it to work when it doesn't see my VS2017 MRU, after I've let it launch VS2017 and refreshed it manually and still doesn't see it?

  • Hi Darren,

    The first thing to try is to reboot and again refresh manually - you never know, it might work.
    If it doesn't, you could help me with some diagnostics info: If you open VS2017 and look at the "Recent Projects and Solutions" in the "File" menu, do you see a solution with a name that is basically a GUID?
    Now, if you use the tool "JumpListsView" (https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/jump_lists_view.html), and sort the table by "Modified Time", do you see this name again?
    (Explanation: That is the dummy solution that Emaroo creates temporarily to find out the application ID of Visual Studio.
    You should see two entries, one for Windows Explorer (with the Application ID "5f7b...") and another entry for Visual Studio.
    There isn't much to do with this ID right now, but at least it would help me to know whether the two entries exist.
    Also if you please could tell me the full path of the solution (replace your user name with "<UserName>"). On my computer, it looks something like
    (the name of the solution changes for every refresh)
    In the meantime, I'll look at my code to see where it might fail.

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