How to Disable Recent Search icon History in Windows 11 Taskbar?

Windows 11 offers a lot of features and out of that one is its recent search history. This Windows feature remembers the search history that you perform using the Search button on the taskbar. Next time you hover your mouse cursor over the Taskbar search icon, it suggests your previous search queries. If you don’t want the Search icon to show your recent search history, you can disable it.

This gearupwindows article will guide you with enabling and disabling the recent history of hovering over the Search icon in Windows 11 by using the Settings or Registry Editor.

How to Enable or Disable Recent Search icon History in Windows 11 through Settings app?

If you have decided to hide “Recent Search History” when you hover over the Windows 11 Search Icon in the Taskbar, then do the following:-

Step 1. First, invoke the Settings by pressing Windows + I keys.

Step 2. Select the Personalization category from the left sidebar when Windows Settings appear on the screen.

Step 3. Look on the right sidebar and then click the Taskbar.

Step 4. Please scroll down to the bottom of the Taskbar Settings and click the Taskbar behaviors option to expand its contents.

Step 5. That’s it. Now you’re at the correct settings screen. Check or uncheck the option “Show recent searches when I hover over the search icon.” Unchecking this option will turn off recent searches while checking this option will enable the recent inquiries on Search Icon at the taskbar.

How to Turn On/Off Recent Search Icon History in Windows 11 using Registry Editor?

Step 1. Open the Registry Editor.

Step 2. When the Registry Editor window opens, navigate to the following key in the left sidebar:-

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

Step 3. After that, right-click on the Advanced folder and then select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Step 4. Name the newly created DWORD as TaskbarSh. Next, double click on TaskbarSh on the right side pane and set its “Value data” as:-

  • 0 – Disables the Search icon’s recent search history.
  • 1 – Enables the Search icon’s recent search history.

Fill the appropriate value “0” or “1” according to your needs. 0 will turn off the search icon’s recent search history, while you need to enter “1” to turn on the current search history.

Though Windows 11 applies the changes immediately after modifying the Registry key, as mentioned earlier, restart your Windows 11 machine to apply the changes if it does not work for you.

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