How to Make the Computer Forget What You Searched

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You can eliminate your Windows file search history in the Registry Editor.

The Windows registry stores a wide spectrum of information about applications, operating system settings and activities that you've performed on the computer. The registry stores each set of information in an entry called a registry key. Your registry's "WordWheelQuery" keys retain information on all file searches that you've performed in your computer; Windows accesses these keys when it displays search history or tries to auto-complete a search task. You can reset your computer's file search history by deleting the appropriate WordWheelQuery key.


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      Press the Windows Logo key and press R to open a run command box.

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      Type "regedit" in the run command box; press "Enter" to open the Windows Registry Editor.

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      Navigate to the entry for the following key in the Registry browser on the left side of the program window:


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      Right-click the entry for "MRUListEx" in the keys list on the right side of the program window.

    • 5

      Click "Delete" in the menu, then click "Yes" to delete your search history.

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