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    Enable or Disable Search History in Windows 10 File Explorer


    How to: Enable or Disable Search History in Windows 10 File Explorer

    How to Enable or Disable Search History in Windows 10 File Explorer

    Enable or Disable Search History in Windows 10 File Explorer [​IMG]
    Information By default, the search box in File Explorer will show a list of suggestions as you type in the search box. These suggestions are the history of your past typed searches into the search box.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable search history for File Explorer Search Box suggestions for specific or all users in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable File Explorer search history.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Enable or Disable Search History in File Explorer using Local Group Policy Editor
    • Option Two: To Enable or Disable Search History in File Explorer using a BAT file

    EXAMPLE: Search history in File Explorer

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    OPTION ONE [/i] To Enable or Disable Search History in File Explorer using Local Group Policy Editor

    Enable or Disable Search History in Windows 10 File Explorer [​IMG]
    Note The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option Two.


    1. Open the all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

    2. In the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor, click/tap on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and File Explorer. (see screenshot below)

    Enable or Disable Search History in Windows 10 File Explorer [​IMG]

    3. In the right pane of File Explorer, double click/tap on Turn off display of recent search entries in the File Explorer search box to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


    5. To Enable Search History in File Explorer
    A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.

    6. To Disable Search History in File Explorer
    A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)


    Enable or Disable Search History in Windows 10 File Explorer [​IMG]

    7. When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.





    OPTION TWO [/i] To Enable or Disable Search History in File Explorer using a BAT file

    Enable or Disable Search History in Windows 10 File Explorer [​IMG]
    Note The .bat files below will modify the DWORD value below in the registry keys below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

    DisableSearchBoxSuggestions DWORD

    <delete> = Enable
    1 = Disable


    1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


    2. To Enable Search History in File Explorer for All Users
    NOTE: This is the default setting.
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Enable_File_Explorer_Search_History.bat

    Download

    3. To Disable Search History in File Explorer for All Users
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Disable_File_Explorer_Search_History.bat

    Download
    4. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

    5. Unblock the .bat file.

    6. Right click or press and hold on the downloaded .bat file, and click/tap on Run as administrator.

    7. Click/tap on Yes if prompted by (UAC).

    8. You will now notice your screen flicker as a command prompt quickly opens and closes and restarts explorer to apply the registry changes.

    9. You can now delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.

    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Brink, Jul 21, 2017
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  2. How do disable search history in file explorer?


    Hello, I was wondering how do I completely disable the search history in the search box in file explorer? I found this guide, but this is for erasing only. Clear File Explorer History in Windows 10 Windows 10 Customization Tutorials

    I want to completely disable the search function. Windows 8 had this option: Search Suggestions in File Explorer - Enable or Disable in Windows 8 but it didn't work for Windows 10.

    Thank you!
     
    windows8thumba, Oct 26, 2019
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    Enable or Disable Search History in Windows 10 File Explorer

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  6. How do disable search history in file explorer?


    Thanks for the reply. Sorry I wasn't being clear. I meant I just need to disable search HISTORY. I still want to have the search box. In Windows 8 there is a way so there's no auto-fill or suggestion or history when you type in the search box. My old Windows 10 was like that, but then it was upgraded from Windows 8.

    In essence I still want search, but I'm looking for a way so Windows 10 doesn't record any recent search history.
     
    windows8thumba, Oct 26, 2019
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