Windows – How to Delete Search History in File Explorer

Every time you type something in the search bar within the File Explorer in Windows, it will list down some suggestions below the box. These suggestions are not really the same type of recommendations as what Google tells you when you type something within the search engine’s search bar. Instead, these are the history of previous searches that you (or some other person) has typed within this File Explorer’s search box. This can be quite handy, especially if you want searches to be done quicker and easier. However, it also means that you’re practically showing all your previous searches to other people who use your computer. But don’t fret as there is a way to delete the search terms within File Explorer so no one can ever know what it is that you’ve been searching inside your computer’s hard drive.

Windows - How to Delete Search History in File Explorer

Deleting Search Terms in Windows File Explorer

Step 1 – To clear specific terms within the search history of Windows 7, 8, or 10’s Windows/File Explorer, start by typing the search term that you want to delete within the Search box. Now, use the down arrow key on your keyboard to highlight the suggested search term. Once you’ve highlighted the term that you want to delete, simply press the “Delete” key on your keyboard to delete the search term.

Step 2 – But what if you want to delete all the search history in Windows File Explorer? Know that you don’t have to delete the items one by one. On your Windows 8 or 10 computer, go to the Options section within File Explorer in and click on “Recent Searches.” Once clicked, a drop down box will appear. All you have to do is to click on “Clear search history.” After clicking on it, you can now start your search history in File Explorer anew.

Step 3 – Note that the previous step does not work on Windows 7 machines. To delete the entire search history for this operating system, you need to do some editing within the Registry Editor. As a word of caution, do not edit anything else in RegEdit so as not to cause damage to the system unless you really know what you’re doing. After accessing the Registry Editor, search for this key on the left sidebar: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Word\WordWheelQuery. You will then see numbered values on the right pane. Deleting these number values will delete the corresponding search term in Windows Explorer.


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