In this post, we'll see the following:
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
Delete Entire History
You can do this task using any one of the following three different ways. Let's see what they are.
Note: The above steps only delete Address Bar history.
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.
That's all. All done.
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.
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."
In the confirmation popup, hit "Yes."
Delete Entire History
Right-click on the "WordWheelQuery" key in the left pane and then hit "Delete" option.
In the confirmation popup, click on "Yes" button.
That's it. All done.
Restart File Explorer in Windows 10
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.
That's it. The File Explorer gets restarted now.
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.
If you don't want to see thumbnails and instead okay (or want) to see icons, then follow any one of the below methods.
That's all. From now on, you can see icons only on File Explorer and Desktop.
If you want to revert, follow the below steps:
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.
If you want to show the full path instead of name in the title bar of File Explorer, then follow the below steps.
That's all. From now on, you can see the full path in the title bar of File Explorer.
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.
If you want to hide it, then here are the steps:
That's it. Windows 10 File Explorer will not show status bar anymore.
In case, if you want to show status bar again, follow these steps:
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