How to Remove Recent Searches in Windows Vista

Written by chris hoke
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Windows Vista allows improved searching compared to earlier version by introducing a "Search" field on the Start menu, as well as allowing you to save searches. Windows Vista also keeps track of any recent searches in the "Searches" folder, located in your profile folder. The "Searches" folder contains virtual folder files that list results from recent searches and other information. You can delete these virtual folder files to clear the recent Windows Vista search history, which can be useful when sharing a computer with multiple users.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Click the "Start" menu orb, then click your profile name on the right side of the menu.

  2. 2

    Double-click to open the "Searches" folder.

  3. 3

    Right-click each of the "Recent Documents," "Recent e-mail," "Recent Music," "Recent Pictures and Videos," and "Recently Changed" virtual folder files and then click "Delete" to remove them. Do not open and delete any files contained within the virtual folder files, as this will permanently delete files from your computer's hard drive.

  4. 4

    Close the open "Searches" window, then click the "Start" menu orb again. Right-click "Recent Items" and click "Clear Recent Items List."

Tips and warnings

  • Do not open and delete any files contained within the virtual folder files, as this will permanently delete files from your computer's hard drive.

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