How to Clear File Explorer Address Bar History in Windows 10 (and More)

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Clear File Explorer Address Bar History in Windows 10

You can see your File Explorer's Address Bar history at any time you want.

To see that, all you need to do is clicking on Down Arrow in the Address Bar of File Explorer.

If you wish, you can remove individual items in history or delete history completely. Let's see both in detail.

To Remove Individual Items in History

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    Open Registry Editor.
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    Navigate to this location - Hkey_Current_User > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer >TypedPaths
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    Now, you can see all the items of the history in the right pane of Registry.
File Explorer history items are shown in Registry Editor
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    Select the item(s) that you want to remove and then right-click on it.
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    Click on "Delete."
Delete option
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    In the confirmation popup, click "Yes." 

Delete Entire History

You can do this task using any one of the following three different ways. Let's see what they are.

Method #1

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    Go to the location mentioned above in the Registry.
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    Select all the items there (except (Default)) and then right click on it.
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    Now, click on "Delete" option and then click "Yes" on the confirmation popup.

Note: The above steps only delete Address Bar history.

Method #2

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    Open the File Explorer.
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    Right-click on the File Explorer Address Bar.
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    Now, you can see "Delete history."
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    Click on it.
Delete history option

Note: The above steps not only delete File Explorer history but it also removes Run Command history and Address Toolbar history.

Method #3

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    Open the File Explorer Options.
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    Under "Privacy," you can see "Clear" button beside "Clear File Explorer history."
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    Click that button.
Clear button

Note: The above steps not only delete Address Bar history, but it also removes Run Command Box history, Address Toolbar history, and all the unpinned "Frequent folders" and "Recent files" in "Quick access."

Clear Search History in Windows 10 File Explorer

At the top-right of the File Explorer, you can see a search box where you can search for files and folders.

When you begin typing your search term in the search box, you may see some suggestions and keep in mind that those are nothing but your previous searches.

Also, remember that each of your searches will be getting saved.

With that said, let's see how to clear individual searches and complete search history.

Clear Individual Search

Begin typing the term you want to remove in the search box, and you'll see it in the suggestions.

Hover your mouse over it and then select "Delete" key.

That's all. All done.

Clear Complete Search History

Open the File Explorer.

Hit the search box at the top-right or press F3.

Now, at the "Search" tab in the Ribbon, you can see the "Recent searches" option. Hit it, and you can see the recent searches you've made along with the "Clear search history" option. Click on it.

Clear search history option

That's all. All done.

Alternate Way

You can do the above tasks using the following steps too and here are they:

Open Registry Editor. If you see UAC popup, hit "Yes" in it.

Note: I suggest you to take a backup of the Registry before making any change.

Go to the following key in the Registry Editor:

Computer > HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer > WordWheelQuery

Now, in the right pane, you can see the Binary values, and each numbered one is the search you've made.

With that said, let's see how to delete individual search and the entire history.

Delete Individual Search

Double click on the Binary value and you can see the search term it has on the right side of the popup.

If it is not the one you prefer to delete, close the popup and do the above step with the remaining ones until you find your preferred one.

Once you find the one you prefer, close the popup, right-click on that Binary value and then hit "Delete."

Delete option to remove Binary value

In the confirmation popup, hit "Yes."

Delete Entire History

Right-click on the "WordWheelQuery" key in the left pane and then hit "Delete" option.

Delete option

In the confirmation popup, click on "Yes" button.

That's it. All done.

Restart File Explorer in Windows 10

Method #1

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    Right-click on the "Start" button and you can see the "Power User" menu. Within that, you can see "Task Manager." Click on it.
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    Now, you should be in the "Processes" tab of the Task Manager.

Note: In case, you do not see any tabs, then click on "More details" in Task Manager. Now, you can see the "Processes" tab of Task Manager.

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    Find and right-click "Windows Explorer."
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    Click on "Restart" option.
Restart option

That's it. The File Explorer gets restarted now.

Method #2

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    Press Ctrl and Shift keys and right-click on Taskbar.
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    Now, you can see the "Exit Explorer" option.
Exit Explorer option
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    Click on it. It will exit Explorer, and you can see an empty Desktop.
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    Press Ctrl + Shift + Escape keys and you can see Task Manager.
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    In the Task Manager, click File > Run new task.
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    In the "Create new task" box, type "explorer" (without double quotes) and then press "Enter" key.
Explorer command in the Create new task box

That's all. You can see your Desktop now.

Make Windows 10 File Explorer to Show Icons Instead of Thumbnails

By default, your Windows 10 File Explorer (and Desktop) will show thumbnails for files and folders.

File and folder thumbnails are showing in Windows 10 File Explorer

If you don't want to see thumbnails and instead okay (or want) to see icons, then follow any one of the below methods.

Method #1

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    Open the File Explorer Options.
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    Now, go to the "View" tab.
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    Find and check the option "Always show icons, never thumbnails."
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    Click on the "OK" button.
Selected Always show icons, never thumbnails option

That's all. From now on, you can see icons only on File Explorer and Desktop.

Icons are showing in Windows 10 File Explorer

If you want to revert, follow the below steps:

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    Go to "View" tab of File Explorer Options.
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    Find and uncheck "Always show icons, never thumbnails."
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    Hit the "OK" button.

Method #2

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    Launch Control Panel. Click System > Advanced system settings.
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    In the "System Properties" popup, click on "Advanced" tab.
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    Click on "Settings" button under "Performance" section.
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    In the "Performance Options" popup, find and unselect "Show thumbnails instead of icons."
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    Hit the "OK" button in the popup.
Canceled the selection of Show thumbnails instead of icons option

You can revert at any time you want by going to the "Performance Options" popup, selecting "Show thumbnails instead of icons" option and then hit the "OK" button.

Show Full Path in Title Bar of Windows 10 File Explorer

By default, when you open a drive or folder in Windows 10, you can see its name in the title bar of the File Explorer.

Name of the folder in the title bar

If you want to show the full path instead of name in the title bar of File Explorer, then follow the below steps.

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    ‚ÄčOpen the File Explorer Options.
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    Navigate to "View" tab.
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    Under "Advanced settings," you can see "Display the full path in the title bar" which is between the "Display file size information in folder tips" and "Hidden files and folders."
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    Select "Display the full path in the title bar" option.
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    Hit the "OK" button.
Selected Display the full path in the title bar option

That's all. From now on, you can see the full path in the title bar of File Explorer.

Full path of the folder in the title bar

Note: You cannot see these folders (3D Objects, Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Videos) path in the title bar if you try to open them from This PC or Quick access.

If you want to revert to default, then uncheck the "Display the full path in the title bar" option and hit "OK."

Hide Status Bar in Windows 10 File Explorer

By default, you can see the status bar in Windows 10 File Explorer.

Windows 10 File Explorer with the status bar

If you want to hide it, then here are the steps:

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    Open the File Explorer Options.
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    Click on "View" tab.
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    Find and unselect "Show status bar."
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    Hit the "OK" button at the bottom.
Canceled the selection of Show status bar

That's it. Windows 10 File Explorer will not show status bar anymore.

Windows 10 File Explorer without status bar

In case, if you want to show status bar again, follow these steps:

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    Go to "View" tab in File Explorer Options.
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    Find and select the "Show status bar."
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    Click the "OK" button at the bottom.

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