We’re all familiar with how to clear search history in almost any Internet browser, but how might you go about doing that same thing in Windows 10’s File Explorer?

Basically, when you type in an inquiry in File Explorer, you’re given a bunch of different suggestions for a search. But, they’re not actually suggestions — they’re a history of past searches. And while you may have different reasons for wanting to clear the suggestions, it’s actually really useful to do every so often for someone that uses File Explorer regularly (i.e. it keeps the search interface less cluttered, and there’s no accidentally searching for something you didn’t want to search for). In this article, we’re going to show you how to use the Registry Editor to clear the File Explorer suggestions or search history.

Using Registry Editor to clear File Explorer search history

It’s actually really simple to do. First, we’ll want to start off by opening the Registry Editor. Open your Start Menu, and simply search for “regedit.” Open the application.

From there, we’ll want to navigate to a specific key. In Registry Editor, you can actually navigate to specific keys. In this case, we’re going to navigating to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows >CurrentVersion > Explorer > WordWheelQuery

From here, you can simply right click on the WordWheelQuery key in the left pane and press delete. And don’t worry — it won’t damage your computer at all. It simply clears out all of the searches you’ve made in File Explorer.

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