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

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

Open Registry Editor.

Navigate to this location – Hkey_Current_User > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer >TypedPaths

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

Select the item(s) that you want to remove and then right-click on it.

Click on “Delete.”

Delete option

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

Go to the location mentioned above in the Registry.

Select all the items there (except (Default)) and then right click on it.

Now, click on “Delete” option and then click “Yes” on the confirmation popup.

Note: The above steps only delete Address Bar history.

Method #2

Open the File Explorer.

Right-click on the File Explorer Address Bar.

Now, you can see “Delete history.”

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

Open the File Explorer Options.

Under “Privacy,” you can see “Clear” button beside “Clear File Explorer history.”

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.

Like this guide? Share it with your friends.

Also see:

How to Flush DNS in Windows 10

How to Show Full Path in Title Bar of Windows 10 File Explorer


Scroll to Top