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Disable Search History on Windows File Explorer

The search feature in Windows File Explorer saves recent searches by default so that users can easily search for the same terms again. However, if you do not want or like this feature, you can disable the Search History feature on Windows File Explorer. If you're a Windows Home edition user, you'll have to edit the Windows Registry to disable File Explorer. If you're a Windows Pro or Enterprise edition user, you use Gggroup Policy Editor.

Disable Search History on Windows File Explorer

1. For Windows Home edition users: use Registry to disable Search History

If you have a Windows Home edition, you'll have to edit the Windows Registry to disable File Explorer. If you use Windows Pro or Enterprise edition, you use Group Policy Editor.

Note:

Registry Editor is a fairly powerful and system-heavy tool. Therefore, you should back up Registry Editor in case a bad situation occurs during Registry Editor editing.

First open Registry Editor by typing regedit into the frameSearch on Start Menu then pressEnter. If the UAC window appears on the screen, click to select Yes to allow changes to your computer.

Disable Search History on Windows File Explorer

On the Registry Editor window, navigate to the following key:

HKCU \ SOFTWARE \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Explorer

Disable Search History on Windows File Explorer

If you can't find the Explorer key, you can create a new one under the Windows key. To do this, right-click the Windows key, then select New => Key.

Disable Search History on Windows File Explorer

Name the new key Explorer.

Disable Search History on Windows File Explorer

Next, right-click on any empty space in the right pane, then selectNew => DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Disable Search History on Windows File Explorer

Name this new value DisableSearchBoxSuggestions.

Disable Search History on Windows File Explorer

Double click value DisableSearchBoxSuggestions that you just created.

Disable Search History on Windows File Explorer

Enter 1 in the Value data box and then click OK.

Disable Search History on Windows File Explorer

Finally close the Registry Editor window by selecting File => Exit Or the fastest way is to click on the icon x in the top right corner of the screen.

Disable Search History on Windows File Explorer

Restart your computer to apply the change.

After the computer boots up, you will not see it Search History is displayed when you enter a search in the Search box in File Explorer.

Disable Search History on Windows File Explorer

2. For Windows Pro and Enterprise edition users: Use Local Group Policy Editor to disable Search History Display

If using Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise edition, the fastest way to disable Search History Display is to use Local Group Policy Editor.

First on Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, you enter gpedit.msc Enter the Search box on the Start Menu and press Enter to open the Local Group Policy Editor window.

Disable Search History on Windows File Explorer

On the Local Group Policy Editor window, navigate to the following key:

Configuration => Administrative Templates => Windows Components => File Explorer (Windows Explorer on Windows 7)

Find and double-click Turn off display of recent search entries in the Windows Explorer search box on the right side.

Disable Search History on Windows File Explorer

On the Turn off display of recent search entries in the Windows Explorer search box window, click Enabled in the top left corner.

Disable Search History on Windows File Explorer

Click to select OK to accept the change and close the Turn off display of recent search entries in the File Explorer search box dialog window.

Disable Search History on Windows File Explorer

Close the Group Policy Editor window by clicking File => Exit or click on the sign icon X in the top right corner.

Disable Search History on Windows File Explorer

Now on File Explorer, you will no longer see Search History.

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Good luck!