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How to Tweak the Auto-Suggest Feature in Windows Explorer

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The Auto-Suggest feature in Windows Explorer suggests paths that you have previously visited in an auto-complete kind of fashion–while it can be really helpful, it can also be frustrating. Here’s two registry hacks to tweak it slightly.

How to Delete Specific Typed Paths From the Auto-Suggest Box

If you manually enter paths into the Windows Explorer address bar, it can become filled with suggestions that were only used once or twice. Heres a quick registry hack to delete the ones that you don’t use often.

Press the Windows Key and R to bring up a run box and type regedit, then hit enter.

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When the registry editor opens, navigate to the following path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\TypedPaths

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On the right hand side you will see a bunch of “url” string values that have the typed path in the Data column, you can just right click on the string and select delete to stop it from being auto-suggested.

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Note: If you delete a common path such as Computer it may still show in auto-suggest.

How to Disable Auto-Suggest

If you don’t want to use the auto-suggest feature you can disable it with the following hack.

Press the Windows Key and R to bring up a run box and type regedit, then hit enter.

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When the registry editor opens, navigate to the following path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

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Expand the Explorer key, then right click on it and create a new key called AutoComplete.

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Once the key has been created and you have named it, on the right hand side you will need to create a new string value called AutoSuggest.

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Open the string and in the Data Value field type no.

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Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 12/9/11

Comments (2)

  1. EL

    You can just press the down arrow to navigate to the autocorrect you don’t want to see, and press delete.
    Somehow, I find that easier than going into the registry.

  2. yovi rendri

    can’t find path “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\TypedPaths on my Vista Business Service Pack 2.

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