Windows 10: How do disable search history in file explorer?

Discus and support How do disable search history in file explorer? in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; 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... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by windows8thumba, Jul 8, 2017.

  1. How do disable search history in file explorer?

    windows8thumba, Jul 8, 2017
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    HappyAngler, Jul 8, 2017
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  3. Microsoft Edge on Windows Phone - search suggestions.

    Hello,

    How do I turn off search suggestions (when typing in the URL bar) based on browsing history in Microsoft Edge on Windows Phone?

    I have been able to disable suggestions from my search engine, but unable to stop my phone suggesting pages which I have already visited. It seems that to stop my phone from displaying my history every time I make a search, I will have to either use InPrivate
    browsing all the time, or delete my history every time I make a search. I want to retain my history, but stop my phone from "suggesting" it to me. Is there a way to do this?

    Note that I am referring to my phone's history suggestions, not the 'show search and site suggestions as I type'
    option, which I have already disabled through settings.

    Thanks.
     
    Stanley Law, Jul 8, 2017
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  4. dalchina New Member

    How do disable search history in file explorer?

    You can easily find out how to do that with a web search.
    How To Disable Windows Search in Windows 7, 8 and 10

    Why would you wish to? There are effectively no performance impacts on a normally running system.

    Note that indexed search is used in (e.g.)
    - file explorer's search box
    - Settings search
    - by Cortana (very limited value!)

    Granted, free 3rd party programs provide much faster search features.
     
    dalchina, Jul 8, 2017
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  5. 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, Jul 11, 2017
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  6. dalchina New Member
    I suspect that's not possible without a hack. It's not clear where file explorer search history is stored- presumably in the registry.

    Cortana does have some history related settings (gear icon, scroll down) which you can disable.

    Those are two quite different things, of course.
     
    dalchina, Jul 11, 2017
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  7. Eagle51 Win User
    Eagle51, Jul 11, 2017
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  8. Berton Win User

    How do disable search history in file explorer?

    It also cleans out the past history list of items.
     
    Berton, Jul 11, 2017
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  9. windows8thumba, Apr 4, 2018
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