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How to Remove Search History – WINDOWS 7


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Often times Windows 7 users see that there is a particular file or folder that they can’t spot in their computer hard drive. They then type the file/folder name in full or partly in the search box in the top right corner of the screen and the computer finds them the file.

Most users complain that the file names that they searched are stored in the recommendation list in the search box and is distracting. Also, the files which have been deleted and no longer exists in the computer, their names are also there.

So how does one remove these list items ?!

If the following steps are fairly followed, it should be easy to remove them.

  1. Press Windows + r keys from the keyboard.
  2. When the Run dialog box appears, type “regedit.exe” without the quotes and press enter.
  3. The Registry Editor dialog box opens, on the left side panel you’ll see several expandable list items starting with HKEY.
  4. From there navigate by expanding(double clicking) the following items respectively :

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER →  Software → Microsoft → Windows → CurrentVersion → Explorer → WordWheelQuery

  5. After clicking WordWheelQuery, you’ll see several files with names 0,1,2,3,4,…. and so on. These are the search queries you have typed.
  6. Select only these files by holding Ctrl key and clicking the files. Then press Delete from the keyboard. Click Yes on the confirmation box.
  7. Close the dialog box and your search queries will have been deleted.

Thanks for reading.



  1. Eric says:

    When I go in the registry editor, there is no /wordwheelquery after explorer. What do I do then? Thanks

    • Arnab says:


      There must be one. It maybe possible that you have clicked on another thread and followed it. There are several similar looking threads. So you have to check the names precisely.

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