If you search for something in Windows Explorer, Windows 7 stores the search query in its history. If you go back at a later time interval, you’ll find your previous searches listed there.
How to clear search history in Windows 7?
You can delete previous searches done in Windows 7 Explorer using the registry. Here’s how you can do that:
- Press Win+R and type regedit. Hit Enter. If the UAC prompts you, click Yes.
- Go to the key
- Right click on ‘WordWheelQuery’ and choose the Delete option. Click Yes in the confirmation dialog.
- Close the Registry Editor
You will no longer see previous search queries in Windows Explorer. Your search history has been completely deleted.
I’ve recorded a screencast showing the entire process. Here’s the video:
Disclaimer: If you’re going to use the registry editor to clear recent searches in Windows Explorer in Windows 7, use it at your own risk. The author is not responsible for any damage caused.