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Windows 7: Windows Explorer address bar

12 Dec 2010   #1
muffiin

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Windows Explorer address bar

Is there a way to delete the paths that are shown when typing in the address bar? I don't want the drop down menu to show where I have been. I have a few typos in some of the path names and it looks like a mess and unorganized.


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12 Dec 2010   #2
Ztruker

Windows 8.1 Pro X64
 
 

I believe that information is kept in the registry in

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\TypedPaths

As always, before messing with the registry, it would be a good idea to back it up. Here is a good tutoprial on how to do that: ERUNT - How to backup and restore Windows XP registry, Windows Made Easy

To see what is there open a Command Prompt and enter:

reg query "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\TypedPaths"


Mine currently has 25 entries.
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12 Dec 2010   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10122
 
 

Hello Muffiin,

Turning off AutoComplete by unchecking the Address bar box below in Internet Options -> Settings, and clicking on OK will remove them for you.

Windows Explorer address bar-autocomplete.jpg

Hope this helps,
Shawn


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12 Dec 2010   #4
Ztruker

Windows 8.1 Pro X64
 
 

Shawn, does that apply to Windows Explorer? I thought Internet Options was only for Internet Explorer.
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12 Dec 2010   #5
muffiin

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Thanks Ztrucker. That's exactly what I wanted. Is there a way that you can prevent it from saving them, but still guide you? i.e. Start typing path name, and show you what's there.

Brink thanks for the quick response, but by first glance that doesn't look to be what I'm looking for.
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12 Dec 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10122
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
Shawn, does that apply to Windows Explorer? I thought Internet Options was only for Internet Explorer.
Hello Rich,

Yep, it applies to both Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer address bar.
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12 Dec 2010   #7
muffiin

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Wow, that's interesting that that works. I would have never thought about that being there. Is there a way to automatically clear it when closed? Like the check box to automatically delete history when closing IE?
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12 Dec 2010   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10122
 
 

Other than leaving AutoComplete turned off, you could use the free program CCleaner to wipe it and more clear.
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13 Dec 2010   #9
muffiin

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Thanks for the tips. I'll be sure to keep that in mind.

Rep added for both of you!
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13 Dec 2010   #10
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10122
 
 

You're most welcome Muffin. I'm glad that we were able to help.
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