How to Delete Search History Results for Names of Files & Folders

By Art Corvelay

The Windows operating system has a utility called Windows Explorer and within that, you are able to search files and folders saved on your computer. However, when you type in and execute a search term in Windows Explorer, the search term is saved. Therefore, the next time you try to search for a file or folder, you can view previous searches. If you don't want these searches stored on your computer, you can delete the search history results for files and folders.

Step 1

Click the "Start" menu in the lower left corner of the screen. Type "Regedit.exe" into the search box and press "Enter." This opens the registry editor, which is a utility that allows you to edit various registry files.

Step 2

Double-click the folder labeled "HKEY_CURRENT_USER" in the left column of the registry editor. This opens a branch of folders.

Step 3

Double-click the following folders: "Software," "Microsoft," "Windows," "CurrentVersion," "Explorer" and "WordWheelQuery."

Step 4

Right-click the "WordWheelQuery" folder and select "Delete." This deletes all of the search entries and results for files and folders. It doesn't delete the entire folder.

Step 5

Close the Windows Registry Editor and all search history is deleted from your computer.