File Explorer Search Question


  1. Posts : 40
    Win 10
       #1

    File Explorer Search Question


    When I search in file explorer I'm getting different drop-downs on past searches and results as shown below.

    One image shows a little clock thing in front of the previous search terms.
    Can I make that go away?

    Another image shows a detailed results list with thumbnails.
    I don't want the results shown as a drop-down from the search box.
    How do I make *that* go away?

    I am on Windows 10 Home Version 10.0.19045
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails File Explorer Search Question-file-explorer-question.jpg   File Explorer Search Question-file-explorer-question2.jpg  
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  2. Posts : 43,212
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #2

    Hi, after build 1903, MS made radical and disadvantageous changes to search, one aspect of that is what you see. Another is the when you click in file explorer's search box, the search tab is not shown- and so you can't see the ribbon search options- until you've actually done a search. Hardly logical! Nor is valid search syntax highlieghted in blue any more.

    Fortunately you can revert to the old style or near enough. That will stop those search history suggestions being displayed, and instead you will get instant search results where indexing applies fully.

    Here's how, as I've posted several times here:
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  3. Posts : 40
    Win 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thanks!
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  4. Posts : 43,212
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #4

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  5. Posts : 2,972
    Windows 10 Pro for the Bro
       #5

    Additional information to "properly" complete this task
    (this post is for the original poster, and for future reference for others that come across this post):

    The step that is mentioned in post #2 above disables that certain feature from listing the history of your search results, yet those search results that you posted in your picture, I highly believe, are still saved in your computer. (So if you undo the steps from post #2, your history will show up again.)

    The best practices in a scenario like this is to also remove those search results (that are now hidden after following step #2).

    What I would do:
    1) Temporarily undo what you did from Step #2
    2) Click in the search box, and place your mouse cursor on the first result. You will see an "X" on the right side. Here's an example of what mine currently looks like:
    File Explorer Search Question-image.png
    (as you can see, I placed my mouse cursor on the first result, to see that "X" on the right side of that history result)
    3) Press that "X" button, to delete that search result from the history that the computer saved
    4) The list will move upwards, removing that first result. The same thing will show for that next result.
    5) Continue that same process until the list is cleared.
    6) Keep note though! One this list is removed, press in that Search box again! It's possible that more results will show. If so, those next list of results are from even older. Sometimes Windows doesn't show every single item within that first list, so you must press the Search Box above again, in order for Windows to reload more of that list.
    7) Continue this same process, if applies.
    8) One there are no more items to list, then follow the same process from Step #2 above to go back to the new, history-disabled, method that you just did.

    What I typed is pretty much a more "proper" way to approach this scenario, in order to avoid others figuring out a way to look at the history of your searches. My steps are not necessary, but would be more preferred if you want to completely remove your search history. It's your choice.
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  6. Posts : 43,212
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #6

    There is of course a tutorial, including a method that does not require reverting to search post 1903.

    Clear Search History in Windows 10 File Explorer

    I suppose the only reason to wish to clear the history would be if there was something of concern in it.
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  7. Posts : 40
    Win 10
    Thread Starter
       #7

    I'm not concerned about the history, so that is not in an issue for me.
    But thanks for bringing it up, especially for those that *are* concerned about it.
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