How to disable auto search history suggestion popup in windows 7

August 2nd, 2011

As you type in the Search Box, Windows 7 makes auto search suggestions based on past queries by pulling past queries from the Registry. If you want to disable auto search history suggestion in windows 7,pls follow the below instructions:

1.Open  Local Group Policy Editor : 2 ways to open Local Group Policy Editor in Windows 7

2.Go to User Configuration | Administrative Templates | Windows Components | Windows Explorer | Turn Off Display Of Recent Search Entries In the Windows Explorer

 

3.Make “Enable” checked ,then “Apply” then “ok”

4.Now the search box will not show you search history suggestion again.

 

Update: For Windows 7 Home Editions,there is no Local Group Policy Editor,so please follow below steps to tweak your registry to disable the search history.

1.Click Start ,type regedit in your searchbox then press ENTER

2.In the registry editor window ,browse to

       HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer

3.Right-click WordWheelQuery, then click Delete

4.Exit registry editor ,all done.

Updated 2011/10/28

You can download and extract wordwheelquery  then double click it to restore auto search in windows 7

5 Responses to “How to disable auto search history suggestion popup in windows 7”

  1. Ephon says:

    I can not find group policy editor in my laptop,why?
    I am using Win 7 home edition,thanks.

  2. gazza says:

    Looks like someone didnt read the entire post hey Ephon.! Maybe read the bit where it says “Update: For Windows 7 Home Editions,there is no Local Group Policy Editor,so please follow below steps to tweak your registry to disable the search history.”

  3. Chris says:

    I have Windows 7 Home, and followed the Regedit steps. It works, until I reboot. The WordWheelQuery entry is restored after a reboot. Is there any way to delete this forever, so it will not come back?

  4. Zunair says:

    Make a key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Run\ClearWindowsSearchHistory

    And put the following value in the key..
    reg delete HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\WordWheelQuery /f

    This should delete the key on each startup.

    Or you can empty WordWheelQuery and change the permission to allow no one to edit it.

    or try this…
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Search\PrimaryProperties\IndexedLocations]
    “SearchOnly”=dword:00000000

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