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how to disable File Explorer search history on Windows 11

File Explorer can keep your search history every time you use it to search for files you want to use. But for some reason, you may don’t want File Explorer to show your search history. MiniTool Software shows you how to disable File Explorer search history on Windows 11 using Group Policy Editor in this post.

Is It Possible to Disable File Explorer Search History on Windows 11?

Windows 11 will be launched on October 5, 2021. This new Windows version has many new features like a new UI interface, new File Explorer, new Start menu, and taskbar. Of course, most features in Windows 10 are kept in Windows 11.

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For example, if you don’t know where your files are saved, you can use the built-in search feature of File Explorer to search for your files by name. However, after searching, File Explorer will keep your search history. When you click the search box in File Explorer again, you can see all the search contents you have used.

File Explorer search history

This feature is useful if you want to search for the same content again. However, you may think it is not necessary. To protect your privacy, you even want to remove or turn off File Explorer search history on Windows 11.

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Is it possible to do this? Of course, yes. Windows gives you the ability to turn on or turn off search history in File Explorer. You need to do it via Local Group Policy Editor, a Windows snap-in tool. In the next part, you will find the guide. You can also use the same method to turn off File Explorer search history on your Windows 10 computer.

How to Disable File Explorer Search History on Windows 11/10?

By using this way, you can not only turn off File Explorer search history but also remove File Explorer search history on Windows 11/10.

1. Press Win+R to open Run.

2. Type gpedit.msc into Run and press Enter to open Local Group Policy Editor.

3. Go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer.

4. Find Turn off the display of recent search entries in the File Explorer search box from the right list and double-click it to open it.

find Turn off the display of recent search entries in the File Explorer search box

5. On the pop-up window, Not Configured is selected by default. You need to select Enabled.

6. Click Apply.

7. Click OK.

select Enabled

After doing this, you can open File Explorer and click the search box to see whether you can see your search history. If File Explorer has been opened before you change the setting in Local Group Policy Editor, the modified setting will not be executed in the previously opened File Explorer. You need to close it and open it again.

Bottom Line

You see it is quite easy to disable the search history in File Explorer on Windows 11. Just try the method mentioned in this post to do it. Should you have any other related issues, you can let us know in the comments.

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