When you type in the File Explorer search box in Windows, a list of suggestions will appear under the box. These suggestions and recommendations are from the history of the searches you typed before. This can be helpful to make searches easier and faster, but there are times when you might want to make that history clear. Other family members can also use the same computer and you wouldn’t want them to see what you are looking for. In this article, we will guide you through the whole procedure to remove the File Explorer search history in Windows 10.

Remove specific search terms from the File Explorer

Open the File Explorer. Type the term in the search box which you want to remove from the history as the following image is showing.

As you start typing the term, the term will appear as a suggestion. Then press the down arrow key and press Delete key to remove that term. The term will be deleted from the history and next time you will type, it will not appear in the suggestion as follows.

Remove the entire search history from the File Explorer

To remove the entire search history from the File Explorer, follow this procedure step by step.

Method#1

Open the File Explorer. Click in the search box and search tab will appear as the following image is showing.

Click the Search tab, another ribbon will appear. Then click the Recent searches and choose Clear search history option as the following image is showing.

All search history will be removed and there will be no suggestions onwards.

Method#2

To remove the entire search history from the File explorer through Registry Editor Method, follow this procedure step by step.

Click the Search button. Type Run in the search bar and choose the Run option as the following image is showing.

As soon as you click the Run option, the following dialogue box will appear.

Type Regedit in the Open textbox and then click the OK button as highlighted in the above image. The Registry Editor screen will appear like this.

Navigate through the following path from the left pane of the screen.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Word\WordWheelQuery

The following screen will appear.

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As you can see, there is a list of numbered values in the right pane of the screen. Within File Explorer, every number is a word you searched for. Until you double click on a value, you cannot see which term is, so do that now. The search term is listed in the Edit Binary Value dialogue on the right hand side of the Value data box.

Click the OK button to close the Edit Binary Value. If the term you have just viewed is one you want to delete, right click that value and select the Delete option as the following image is showing.

As soon as you delete the value, the following alert will appear. Click the Yes button, if you are sure to delete that value.

You can also clear the search history of the entire File Explorer by right clicking the WordWheelQuery option and choose the Delete option as the following image is showing.

Close the Registry Editor window.

Conclusion

By following this procedure, you will be able to remove the File Explorer search history in Windows 10.

How to clean File Explorer search history in Windows 10
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About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. You can reach Karim on LinkedIn

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