Windows Tip 25 – Search Privacy

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When searching in Windows Explorer, Windows 7 will remember your computer search queries, and display your search objects.

If you’re sharing a computer with other people and don’t want everyone to see your search objects, here is a solution:

– Click on Windows “Start” Orb
– launch GPEDIT.MSC,
– go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Explorer, double-click “Turn off display of recent search entries”
– click on “Enabled” and “OK”

Close all instances of Windows Explorer, and start it again.

Only Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions come with Group Policy Editor installed. Here is a solution for Windows 7 Home Premium, Home and Starter users, how to install GPEDIT.MSC:

– Download install file HERE
– Windows 7 64-bit (x64) users will also need to go to “SysWOW64” folder present in C:\Windows folder and copy “GroupPolicy”, “GroupPolicyUsers” folders and gpedit.msc file from there and paste them in “C:\Windows\System32” folder.
– Follow he same procedure as described above, but instead of the last step:

 – Go to User Configuration> Administrative Templates> Windows Components> Windows Explorer> Common Open File Dialog and select “Enable” under “Hide the dropdown list of recent files”.

Close all instances of Windows Explorer, and start it again.


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