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How to Disable Recent Searches on Windows 11

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If you use Windows 11, you may know that the Search menu shows all your recent searches. Also, when you hover your mouse cursor over the search icon in the Taskbar, it shows your previous search queries.

The feature is helpful as it lets you perform the previous search without opening the Search menu and typing the same query again. While it’s a great feature, it’s not meant for everyone.

If other family members use your PC/Laptop, you may not want them to see what apps or files you have searched before. This could be a privacy concern for many users, and if you are one of them, you can easily disable it on your Windows 11 computer.

How to Disable Recent Searches on Windows 11

This article will share a step-by-step guide on disabling recent searches on the Windows 11 Search menu. This will also disable recent search icon history in the Windows 11 Taskbar. So, let’s get started.

We will use the Windows 11 Settings app to disable the recent searches in this method. Here’s what you need to do.

1. First, click the Windows 11 Start button and select Settings.

2. On the Settings page, click the Privacy & Security option.

Privacy & Security

3. On the Right pane, scroll down and click on the Search permissions.

Search permissions

4. On the Search Permissions screen, scroll down to the History section. Next, turn off the toggle for Search history on this device.

turn off the toggle for Search history on this device

5. This will disable the Search History. If you wish to clear your existing device search history, click the Clear device search history button.

Clear device search history

That’s it! You are done. This is how you can disable Search history on your Windows 11 device.

Disable Recent Search Icon History

If you want to disable the recent search icon history in the Windows 11 Taskbar, you must follow this guide. Here’s how to disable recent search history in the Search icon on the Windows 11 Taskbar.

1. Click on the Windows 11 Start menu and select Settings.

Settings

2. On the Settings app, click the Personalization tab on the left pane.

Personalization

3. Scroll down and click on the Taskbar behaviors on the right.

Taskbar behaviors

4. On the expanded menu, uncheck the option ‘Show recent searches when I hover over the search icon.’

uncheck the option

That’s it! You are done. This will hide the recent searches on the search icon in the Windows 11 Taskbar.

How to Clear the Windows Search History?

Even though you have turned off the search history on your Windows 11 device, what about the already saved searches? You need to clear your existing device search history as well. Follow the steps we have shared below to clear device search history on Windows 11.

1. Open the Settings app on your Windows 11.

Settings

2. When the Settings app opens, switch to Privacy & Security.

Privacy & Security

3. On the right side, scroll down and click on Search Permissions.

Search Permissions

4. Next, scroll down to the History section. In the Search History section of this device section, click on Clear device Search History.

Clear device Search History

That’s it! This will clear your device search history. Make sure to restart your computer.

So, this is how you can disable recent search history in Windows 11 PC/Laptop. This is how you can prevent Windows 11’s search menu and the search icon from showing your previous search queries. If the search history still appears on the Search menu and the search icon, you need to restart your computer.