How to Disable Display of Recent Search Entries in Windows 7 and Later Explorer Search Box?

We have received so many mails about this particular problem so today we decided to post the solution here so that everyone can follow it without any need to send the query to us.

Windows 7 automatically stores the search entries which you enter in Windows Explorer Search box:

Recent_Search_History.png

Whenever you click into the Search box, it displays the recent search entries automatically. While its useful for frequent search users, it might become problematic if you use a shared computer and don't want other people know about your recent searches.

So if you want some privacy and don't want people know what you search, here are some easy to use instructions to disable the display of recent search entries in Search box:

  • METHOD 1: Using Group Policy Editor
  • METHOD 2: Using Registry Editor

METHOD 1: Using Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc)

1. Type gpedit.msc in RUN or Start Menu Search box and press Enter. It'll open Group Policy Editor.

2. Now go to:

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Explorer

3. In right-side pane, double-click on "Turn off display of recent search entries in the Windows Explorer search box" and set it to Enabled.

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4. That's it. Now Windows will no longer display the recent search entries in Search box.

METHOD 2: Using Registry Editor (regedit)

Some Windows editions such as Starter, Home Basic and Home Premium don't come with Group Policy Editor. Although its possible to install Group Policy Editor in these unsupported Windows editions using this article, but if you don't want to install it or can't use Group Policy Editor, here is a Registry method to do the same thing:

1. Type regedit in RUN or Start Menu search box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

If you don't see Explorer key, create it manually.

3. In right-side pane, create a new DWORD DisableSearchBoxSuggestions and set its value to 1

4. That's it. Close Registry Editor and restart or log off and you'll no longer see recent search entries in Search box.

NOTE: If you don't want to completely disable the display of recent search entries but want to remove a particular entry from the list, then you can simply hover on the entry in Search box and press "Delete" key. It'll immediately delete it from the list.

PS: You can enable Group Policy Editor in Windows 7 Home Basic and other editions using following tutorial:

How to Enable "Group Policy Editor" in Windows 7 Home Premium, Home Basic and Starter Editions?





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Comments

  • Is there any registry script to do that??

  • VG

    ^^ Registry method added. :)

  • thank you it was helpful.

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