How to clean File Explorer search history in Windows 10

When you type something in the File Explorer search box in Windows, a list of suggestions appears below the box. These suggestions and recommendations come from the history of searches you have previously entered. This can be helpful in making searches easier and faster, but there are times when you may want to clear this history. Other family members may also be using the same computer, and you don't want them to see what you're searching for. In this article, we will walk you through the entire procedure to remove File Explorer search history in Windows 10.

Remove specific search terms from File Explorer

Open the File Explorer. Type the term you want to remove from the history in the search box, as shown in the following image.

When you start typing the term, it will be displayed as a suggestion. Then press the down arrow key and the Delete key to remove the term. The term will be deleted from the history and the next time you enter it, it will no longer appear in the suggestions as follows.

Removing the entire search history from File Explorer

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

Method #1.

Open the File Explorer. Click in the search box and the "Search" tab will appear, as shown in the following image.

Click on the Search tab, another ribbon will appear. Then click Previous Searches and select the Clear Search History option, as the following image shows.

The entire search history will be removed and no more suggestions will be displayed.

Method #2.

To remove the entire search history from File Explorer using the Registration Editor method, follow the step-by-step procedure below.

Click the Search button. Type Run in the search bar and select the Run option, as the following image shows.

Once you click on the Run option, the following dialog box will appear.

Type Regedit into the Open text box, and then click the OK button as highlighted in the image above. The Registration Editor screen will appear as follows.

In the left pane of the screen, navigate the following path.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Word\WheelQuery.

The following screen is displayed.

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As you can see, there is a list of numbered values on the right side of the screen. In File Explorer, each number is a searched term. Until you double-click on a value, you can't see what term it is, so do that now. The search term is listed in the Edit Binary Value dialog on the right side of the Value data field.

Click the OK button to close the Edit Binary Value dialog. If the term just displayed is one you want to delete, right-click on that value and select the Delete option, as shown in the following image.

Once you delete the value, the following message will be displayed. Click the Yes button if you are sure you want to delete the value.

You can also clear the search history of the entire File Explorer by right-clicking on the WordWheelQuery option and selecting the Delete option, as shown in the following image.

Close the registration editor window.

Summary

With this procedure, you can remove File Explorer search history in Windows 10.

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