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Recent Search Box Suggestions - Enable or Disable

How to Enable or Disable Windows 7 Explorer Recent Search Box Suggestions
Published by Brink
29 May 2009 - Views: 24879
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How to Enable or Disable Windows 7 Explorer Recent Search Box Suggestions

information   Information
This will show you how to enable or disable Windows Explorer in Windows 7 from displaying recent search entry suggestions as users type into the Search Box. By default, search box suggestions is enabled in Windows 7.
Note   Note
These suggestions are based on the user's past entries into the Search Box.

EXAMPLE: Recent Search Box Suggestions Enabled and Disabled
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OPTION ONE
Using a REG File Download
1. To Enable Recent Search Box Suggestions
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below
Enable_Recent_Search_Box_Suggestions.zip
download
B) Go to step 4.
2. To Disable Recent Search Box Suggestions
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Disable_Recent_Search_Box_Suggestions.zip
download
B) Go to step 4.
3. Click on Save, and save the .zip file to the desktop.

4. Open the downloaded .zip file and extract the .reg file to the desktop.

5. Right click on the extracted .reg file and click on Merge.

6. Click on Run, Yes, Yes, and OK when prompted.

7. Close and reopen the Windows Explorer window to apply if opened.

8. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg and .zip files if you like.



OPTION TWO
Through Local Group Policy Editor
1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

2. In the left pane, click on the arrow to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, then click on Windows Explorer. (See screenshot below)
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3. In the right pane, right click on Turn off display of recent serach entries in the Windows Explorer search box and click on Edit. (See screenshot above)

4. To Enable Recent Search Box Suggestions
A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled. (See screenshot below step 6)

B) Go to step 6.
5. To Disable Recent Search Box Suggestions
A) Select (dot) Enabled. (See screenshot below step 6)
6. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)
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7. Close the Local Group Policy Editor. (See screenshot below step 2)
That's it,
Shawn



29 May 2009   #1
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Ooh,

this one will come in handy. Thanks Shawn!


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29 May 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Aaron.
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29 May 2009   #3
SeVeNrOxS

Windows 7 RTM x86
 
 

This is what I was looking for .. Thank you Brink.

One more question pls : How to stop the search when I get my file ? When I click on the cross button (Side of Search ) ,my results page goes away.This was not the case with XP. Please help
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29 May 2009   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You can stop the search in progress by clicking on the refresh swirl arrows (boxed in red below) at the right of the address bar.

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29 May 2009   #5
SeVeNrOxS

Windows 7 RTM x86
 
 

Oh Thank you once's again Brink
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29 May 2009   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Jun 2009   #7
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Hey Shawn,
if you want to clear the list instead of disabling saved searches, you can go here HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\WordWheelQuery and delete WordWheelQuery from the left pane. It will rebuild itself once you have entered search entries again. Or you could delete individual entries, by hovering over them on the drop down list with the mouse and hitting the Delete key.
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08 Jun 2009   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Aaron. I have bookmarked this one. It will make a good separate tutorial for a option to edit them for those that do not want to disable them.

The option to delete them in the search list in Windows Explorer is grayed out for me, but you can delete the individually in the registry as well. If you click on modify for one of the numbered items in the registry, you will see the search item in the middle of that long binary number.
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08 Jun 2009   #9
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Hi Shawn,


You're saying the option here to hover over them and press delete is greyed out? Maybe from having the search suggestions disabled it does that?

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