How to Clear or Disable Search History in Windows 11

Windows 11 keeps track of Search history through the magnifying glass in the taskbar. If you click on the magnifying glass in the taskbar, you can search in Windows 11 or through the Cloud content Search.

All Search history is stored locally on your computer to display search results faster. You can disable Search history tracking in Windows 11. You can also delete the Search history.

If Search history is enabled, you can search your computer for local files, settings, and apps. If you are signed in with a Microsoft account, you can also search OneDrive, Outlook, Sharepoint, and other Microsoft services.

If for any reason, you want to disable or clear Search history in Windows 11, this article will explain how to turn off Search history.

How to Clear or Disable Search History in Windows 11

Clear Search History in Windows 11

By clearing the Search history you delete all previous searches displayed in the search by the Windows 11 taskbar.

Right-click the Start button. Next, click on Settings in the menu. In the Settings, click on “Privacy & Security” on the left, then click on “Search permissions”.

To remove the search history on this device, click on the “Clear device search history” button.

How to Clear or Disable Search History in Windows 11

Disable Search History in Windows 11

If you want to disable search history in Windows 11, you can do so using Settings.

Right-click the Start button. Next, click on Settings in the menu. In the Settings, click on “Privacy & Security” on the left, then click on “Search permissions”.

To disable the search history on this device, turn off the “Search history on this device” switch.

To remove the search history on this device, click on the "Clear device search history" button.

I hope this has helped you manage the Search history settings in Windows 11.

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