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.

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  2. Mark
    said this on Friday, February 1st 2013 7:51 am

    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

  3. Daz
    said this on Saturday, November 10th 2012 3:24 pm

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  4. Moni
    said this on Wednesday, February 29th 2012 7:03 pm

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

  5. Joe
    said this on Saturday, February 25th 2012 8:21 am

    How would you convert the values in that registry key to something legible?

  6. Sam
    said this on Saturday, November 19th 2011 7:00 am

    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.

  7. Anas
    said this on Tuesday, September 20th 2011 3:25 am

    Thanks alot. Solved the problem in 5 seconds with your help. Thanks alot.



  8. Cool is Hotz
    said this on Sunday, January 9th 2011 10:28 pm

    Thank 4 the info! really helpful ;)

  9. Gerardo
    said this on Sunday, August 8th 2010 12:44 am

    Great Stuff, works llike a charm!!!

  10. 4564564
    said this on Friday, April 2nd 2010 10:26 pm

    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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