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Quick Tip: Disable Search History Display in Windows 7

The new search feature in Windows 7 has been enhanced greatly in this version of Windows, and by default it saves recent searches. If you’re annoyed by this and want to turn it off, we will show you how using Group Policy Editor.

Note: This method uses Group Policy Editor which is not available in Home versions of Windows 7

Notice that when you go to the search box and start entering in something, the last three searches you’ve done appear. It can get old looking at mistyped words or seeing a search term that is old.


To turn that feature off we need to go into Local Group Policy Editor. Type gpedit.msc into the start search box and hit Enter.


Navigate to User Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Windows Components \ Windows Explorer then double click on “Turn off display of recent search entries in the Windows Explorer search box”.


Set it to Enabled then hit Apply then OK and close out of Group Policy Editor.


That’s it! Now when you start searching for something there is no longer the search history popping up to annoy you.


This won’t improve performance in your system, but is a quick tweak to get rid of an annoyance if it bothers you.

Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 10/29/09

Comments (3)

  1. Raspy

    Thank you for the fix. It bugged me for quite some time and you provided a easy fix. =)

  2. juvuntus

    thank you for this. now i can finally browse for inappropriate files without feeling paranoid

  3. Raspy

    I’ve just read somewhere that you can just highlight your past search entries and click delete and they get deleted. This way in the article is more permanent no doubt but for occasional user of the search function I think it suffices.

    Nevertheless thank you for the article.

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