[Tip] How To Delete Explorer File Search History In Windows 7

February 13th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in Windows by bharath

Windows 7 has enhanced search feature that enables users to search for files and folders present in the computer efficiently. The search is faster, more accurate and fetches the results in seconds. Windows Explorer saves and remembers these search terms along with locations of the files and visitors for future use.

Windows 7 search history

These items will be shown when you start typing the part of the search term of location of a file or folder.While this is pretty useful you might also want to have a choice to delete them when you don’t want them to show up in the Windows Explorer location bar on in the search bar.

The Easy Way:

In the Windows Explorer window, right-click on the location bar or address bar when it is out of focus and choose “Delete history” from the context menu. This will delete all the files and folders search terms history that were typed in the location bar and search bar. This should delete the file history in your Windows 7.

Delete file folders history in Windows 7

Alternate Method:

The same can be achieved using Registry Editor as well. Type regedit in the Start Menu search and open the Registry Editor from the results or press Windows button + R to open the Run command and type “regedit” and hit OK to open the Registry Editor.

In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\WordWheelQuery

Files and folders histoy registry editor Windows 7

and delete all the entries (each one corresponds to a search term) present inside this sub key. That is it. Now all your history related to files and folders would be deleted.

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