How to Clear File Search MRU History in Windows 7

When you open the Search window in Windows 7, the previously typed search queries (MRU) are displayed in the Search bar. Also, when you type a search query, the autocomplete lists possible matches as you type. Here is how to clear the search entries individually and collectively.

You can remove an item from the Search MRU list by highlighting that item (using the mouse, or Up/Down keys) and then pressing the DELETE key.


To clear the entire Search MRU History via the registry directly, use these steps:

1. Click Start, type Regedit.exe and press ENTER.

2. Navigate to the following branch:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ WordWheelQuery

3. Right-click the WordWheelQuery branch and choose Delete

4. Exit the Registry Editor.

Registry Fix

To automate the above task, download Unzip and run the enclosed REG file.

10 thoughts on “How to Clear File Search MRU History in Windows 7

  1. My God! You’ve got no idea how this helped. Without you, my secret could’ve been exposed! It could’ve ruined my life! Thank u sooo much

  2. awesome help.. not a techie.. cant go through with messing registry but worked like magic to make me able to delete few search entries.

  3. This is the first time I read a guide about changing registry settings where the author doesn’t warn about being careful because if you make a mistake messing around with registry values you could make your computer unusable.

  4. Now if you want to permanantly disable Search MRU list,

    1. Click start and in the search area type gpedit.msc

    2. Now the group policy editor will open. In it go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates>Windows Components>Windows Explorer

    3. In the settings panel under Windows Explorer look for Turn off display of recent search entries in the Windows Explorer search box

    4. Right click it and select edit

    Use not configured or disabled to keep search history enabled.

    Use Enable to disable the search history

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