Disable the search history in Windows Explorer

The Windows Explorer search function saves your recent searches by default to make it easier to search for the same terms again. However, if you do not like this feature, you can disable it.

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If you share your computer with others or are corporate, you may not want to see the rest of your search terms that you've used and that have been saved in File Explorer. Search history can be disabled either by changing the registry or by using the Group Policy Editor. We'll show you both methods, but note that Group Policy Editor is not available in their Home Edition Windows.


Also note that in Windows 7 the same program is called in English Windows Explorer and their deletion process remains the same.

1 solution. Disable Browsing Search History through the Registry
First create a system restore point before proceeding. In this way, if something goes wrong, you can always restore it to its former state.

Open Registry Editor. If you do not know how, then press the Win + R keys at the same time and in the window that will appear type the word "regedit" and press the OK key.

In the Registry Editor that will appear, navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ SOFTWARE \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Explorer

If the last key does not exist, ie "Explorer" you can create it by right-clicking on the immediately preceding "Windows" key and selecting Create> Key. Give the new key the name "Explorer"

Then left-click on the Explorer key that you just created (or that existed and did not need to be created), and then right-click any empty space on the right side of the window and select Create> DWORD Value (32 bit).

Type DisableSearchBoxSuggestions as the name of the value. Then double-click on the new DisableSearchBoxSuggestions value to enter its properties.

In the "Value data" field of its properties give the number 1 and click "OK".


Close Registry Editor. Your changes will be automatically saved. You will have to restart your computer for this change to take effect.

Once you restart, you will not see any differences at first, but when you type in the first term, and then you want to repeat your search, you will see that Windows no longer holds a search history.

2 solution. Disable Search History through the Local Group Policy Editor
If you are using Windows 10 Professional or Enterprise, the easiest way to disable Windows Explorer Search History is by using the Local Group Policy Editor. It's a very powerful tool, so if you have not used it so far, it's worth taking a moment to find out what it can do. Also, if your computer belongs to a company network, it's a good idea to talk to your manager first, since it is likely that your decision will affect an entire group that belongs to you.

You should create a restore point of your system before continuing. In this way, if something goes wrong, you can always restore it to its former state.

Open the Start menu, type "Edit Policy" in the search box, and click "Edit Group Policy" in the list of results.

In the left pane, go to User Setup \ Management Templates \ Windows Components \ File Explorer. Then go to the right pane and double-click "Disable display of recent search entries in the Explorer search box".

Click "On" in the upper left corner, and then click OK.

Close the Group Policy Editor. Your changes should be applied immediately, and File Explorer will no longer track your searches.


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