File explorer or windows explorer lets you search for a particular type of file by easily typing the keyword in the search bar in the upper right corner. Although it is a very useful tool, all the search keywords are saved by default in the search history. You might not be comfortable sharing the details of your searches with other persons who also use your system. Here I will explain the easy ways to clear particular search keywords and how to clear all the search history in file explorer. In the end, I will let you know the settings to permanently disable the saving of search keywords on the windows 10 PC.
Option-1 Delete a Particular Search Term
Open This PC or file explorer and in the search field type the term or the keyword you want to delete. Now press the delete button to delete that term and that’s it.
Option-2 Delete the Complete Search History
Open File Explorer and just click one in the search field. This will open a new menu tab “search” on the top menu ribbon. Now open the drop-down “recent searches” menu. It will open your recent search terms and at the bottom, you will find clear search history. Click it and all the search keywords will vanish at once.
Option-3 Disable Search History in File Explorer
Open the run window by typing the windows key and R simultaneously. Now type gpedit.msc command to open the local group policy editor.
Under the User Configuration, click on Administrative templates and navigate to Windows Components>File Explorer. On the settings that appear on the right window, click on “Turn off the display of recent search entries in the file explorer search box”.
Now from the three radio button settings, select enabled. Apply the settings and finally click OK. This setting will ensure that windows 10 will not save any search history terms in the future.