How to delete links in "new message using" drop down list in Outlook Exp


When in Outlook Express, I can click on "Message" then
"New Message Using" then "Select Stationery". A window
then opens with the title of "Select Stationery" that allows
me to browse my computer to select whatever HTML file I
desire as my background stationery.

Upon finding the HTML I want as background using
the Select Stationery window, highlighting the HTML
name, then clicking OK, an email form with that HTML
displayed is within a mail form as background ready for
me to use. This is an HTML file that I created and located
on my hard disk.

My problem is that the link, for instance,
"D:\Pictures\htmlfile"

is placed in the drop down menu, "New Message Using"
list. If I were to use ten different HTML files from my hard
drive, as in "D" above, all ten of these links, sequentially
numbered would be listed in the "New Message Using"
list.

My question for this great panel is:
How do I delete these links, references from the
"New Message Using" list?

Thanks,

Lou Hall
LouHallAsked:
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Neo_mvpsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
- Select Start | Run
- In the Open textbox type "regedit" (without the quotes).
- Click on OK
- Using the mouse, double click on HKEY_Current_User.
- Double click on Identies
- Double click on the <Identity> you want to work with.  (This is a long 32 alphanumeric number)

Keep this up until you get to the branch that I specified.

In the right hand panel you will see 10 entries (File0 thru File9).
 - Double click on one of the entries and delete the information in the Value data text box.
 - Click OK
 - Repeat for each one you want to clean up.

Note: You can also delete all 10 entries by selecting the entry and then select Edit | Delete.

Best advice I can give you is take it very slow when you are editing the registry and make sure you have the right items selected before deleting anything and you should be all right.

/Neo
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Neo_mvpsCommented:
The list is kept in the registry at the following location.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities\<Identity>\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\5.0\Recent Stationery List

Note: An entry will clear from that list when you select the entry and OE can not locate the file.
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LouHallAuthor Commented:
Neo mvps,

You may me think that I am near a solution,
but I must ask you a question.

How do I get to the registry, or where can
I find the instructions for going to the registry?

Then, when I get to the registry, will I be able
to understand how to delete the links that
I want removed?

I hear a person must be real carefull when
doing something within the registry.

Lou
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LouHallAuthor Commented:
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LouHallAuthor Commented:
Great answer. I have cleared the files I do not
want as I followed your easy instructions.

You knew there were ten files there. Therefore,
my assumption is that as I added a "HTML"
file, it was sloted to File "00", the rest were
moved forwarded, and File "09" was truncated.
Is this assumption correct?

Then, I would pose, how does a user of OutLook
maintain these files where he/she does not
have access to "Experts Exchange"?  It would
seem that there would be an easier way to
maintain this folder, as I have always heard a
person must be careful when editing the
register.
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Neo_mvpsCommented:
Your assumption is correct when it comes to Outlook Express reading/writing the values to the registry. (File0 most recent to File9 being I will fall of next.)

It is true what you heard that a person should take great care in editing the registry, but MS did not take into consideration that a person might want to customize the list you asked about.  So no options was built into the user interface to do this.  (Many of their applications have settings that are not set from the UI and system admistrators set them from code or use a policy to make administration easier.)

As for the folks that don't have access to Experts Exchange, they can visit msnews.microsoft.com (MS's free news servers) that offer peer to peer support.  You will find many volunteers that will help anyone try to squeek as much performance and needs out of MS products as possible. (I hang out more on msnews.microsoft.com [microsoft.public.outlook] than I do here and also focus on the full Outlook client rather that Outlook Express.)


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LouHallAuthor Commented:
Many Thanks,

Lou
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