How can I edit the MRU list?

Geert Janssens geert.gnucash at
Mon Oct 24 04:42:31 EDT 2016

On Sunday 23 October 2016 17:55:15 Barnabooth wrote:
> I installed Gnucash 2.6.14 last week, and am setting up a new file.
> However the MRU list shows three other accounts,all of which were
> created while experimenting with an earlier installation and all of
> which are obsolete. This is not important—it just grates.
> Gnucash FAQs say "The MRU list is now stored in dconf, the replacement
> for gconf on modern linux systems. You can use a tool called
> dconf-editor to manipulate the dconf database. You may need to
> install it using your distribution's software management system
> first. Then open the DConf Editor gui tool, and use it to modify the
> /org/gnucash/history tree. The default number of recently used files
> shown is set to 4. This can be set to other values by changing the
> value of maxfiles in the same window."
> I installed dconf-editor and found my way to /org/gnucash/history,
> where I see the obsolete files. If I click one, it is highlighted,
> but nothing happens if I right-click on it hoping for options, like
> Delete. The last line says "maxfiles 4". If I highlight that line and
> start typing, a field appears showing my entry—I was trying "Maxfiles
> 1"—but when I hit "enter" the field disappeared and the original
> entry was unchanged. In any case, this would have been a clumsy
> solution.
> Are there key-commands, or do I need to install something to help
> dconf-editor to act like an editor?
You can't "delete" entries in dconf. That's a design decision made by 
the gnome people.

The way to reset the entries you don't want is to click on them and then 
click on "Set to default" in the bottom-right corner of the window.



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