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    Enable or Disable Search History in Windows 10 File Explorer

    Enable or Disable Search History in Windows 10 File Explorer

    How to Enable or Disable Search History in Windows 10 File Explorer
    Published by Category: General Tips
    21 Jan 2020
    Designer Media Ltd


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


    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
    Enable or Disable Search History in Windows 10 File Explorer-search_history.png






    OPTION ONE

    To Enable or Disable Search History in File Explorer using Local Group Policy Editor


    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, specific users or groups, or 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-file_explorer_search_history_gpedit-1.jpg

    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)

    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-file_explorer_search_history_gpedit-2.png

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






    OPTION TWO

    To Enable or Disable Search History in File Explorer using a BAT file


    The downloadable .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

    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



  1. dalchina's Avatar
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       #1

    Hi, trivial - sorry-
    Enable or Disable Search History in Windows 10 File Explorer-1.png
    Histroy in URL could -er- become History, so to speak...
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19631
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       #2

    dalchina said:
    Hi, trivial - sorry-
    Histroy in URL could -er- become History, so to speak...

    Oops. Thank you. Now corrected.
      My Computers


 

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