File Explorer History - Clear in Windows 10

    File Explorer History - Clear in Windows 10

    How to Clear File Explorer History in Windows 10
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    How to Clear File Explorer History in Windows 10

    information   Information
    Clearing File Explorer history deletes the information Windows saved about the files and folders you use as well as what you've typed in the address bar.

    This tutorial will show you how to clear File Explorer history for your account in Windows 10.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: Clear File Explorer history in File Explorer Options
    • Option Two: Clear File Explorer history using a BAT file


    EXAMPLE: File Explorer history

    (Quick access - unpinned Frequent folders and Recent files)
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    (File Explorer File menu - unpinned Frequent places)
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    (File Explorer jump list)
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    (File Explorer address bar typed history)
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    (Run command typed history)
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    File Explorer History - Clear in Windows 10 OPTION ONE File Explorer History - Clear in Windows 10
    Clear File Explorer history in File Explorer Options

    1. Open File Explorer Options.

    2. In the General tab, click/tap on the Clear button for Clear File Explorer history under Privacy. (see screenshot below)

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    3. You can now close File Explorer Options if you like.






    File Explorer History - Clear in Windows 10 OPTION TWO File Explorer History - Clear in Windows 10
    Clear File Explorer history using a BAT file

    Note   Note
    The downloadable .bat file in this option contains the commands below that will delete these items to clear File Explorer history for your account.

    Code:
    Del /F /Q %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\*
    
    Del /F /Q %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations\*
    
    Del /F /Q %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\CustomDestinations\*
    
    REG Delete HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU /VA /F
    
    REG Delete HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\TypedPaths /VA /F

    1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .bat file below.

    Clear_File_Explorer_History.bat

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    2. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

    3. Unblock the .bat file.

    4. Double click/tap on the .bat file to run it.






    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Apr 2016
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Home
       2016-05-22 #1

    Thanks for that explanation Shawn. Just wanted to clarify a couple of things:

    #1 - both methods (.bat file method & clear history in explorer method) accomplish exactly the same things, and one only needs to use one or the other method depending on personal preference;

    #2 - both methods cover all of the items at the beginning of this article, namely:
    a quick access - unpinned frequent, and MRU;
    b jump list;
    c address bar histories

    Thanks for your help and explanation! much appreciated!

    David

    PS. what about MRU's and frequent history in MS office programs such as MS work or Excel. Does this cover them as well, or are those histories under a different section of the registry?
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,532
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-05-22 #2

    Hello David,

    That's correct. Both options perform the same action and affect the same thing. I like to try and provide different ways to do the same thing to help folks do it the way that's easiest for them.

    I believe the one's for Office will be different. The tutorial is basically just for explorer items.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  3. Joined : Apr 2016
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Home
       2016-05-22 #3

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello David,

    That's correct. Both options perform the same action and affect the same thing. I like to try and provide different ways to do the same thing to help folks do it the way that's easiest for them.

    I believe the one's for Office will be different. The tutorial is basically just for explorer items.
    OK thanks for the quick response!

    I guess that will be a topic for another day!
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


 


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