1.    08 Jul 2017 #1
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    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!
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  2.    09 Jul 2017 #2
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    I want to completely disable the search function.
    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.
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  3.    12 Jul 2017 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by dalchina View Post
    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.
    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.
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  4.    12 Jul 2017 #4
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    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.
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  5.    12 Jul 2017 #5
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    Edit: I think this is what your looking for .... it works, just tried it

    Enable or Disable Search History in Windows 10 File Explorer Windows 10 General Tips Tutorials
    Last edited by Brink; 12 Jul 2017 at 13:03. Reason: updated link
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  6.    12 Jul 2017 #6
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    It also cleans out the past history list of items.
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  7.    12 Jul 2017 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eagle51 View Post
    Edit: I think this is what your looking for .... it works, just tried it

    Enable or Disable Search History in Windows 10 File Explorer Windows 10 General Tips Tutorials
    Hey that worked! Thanks man! It's strange I had the same registry values already but it didn't work. So then I deleted the entire explorer key, remade it per instruction, restarted the computer, then it worked!
    Last edited by Brink; 12 Jul 2017 at 13:03. Reason: updated link
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