Clear Your Search History in Windows 10

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As you may remember, Microsoft has updated Cortana and Search in Windows 10 version 1903 'May 2019 Update' and has given them individual flyouts and buttons in the taskbar. A server-side change adds a new section to the search pane. My device history and My search history are two features of Windows 10 Search that can improve your search experience by collecting extra data about your device usage, and the searches your perform. Here's how to clear your Search History in Windows 10.

Windows 10 has a search box in the taskbar, which can be used to perform a search by keyboard. Once you type something in the search box on the Windows 10 taskbar, search results show but web search results are mixed with local search results, Store apps and content from Bing.

The Search feature is dedicated to searching the web and local files and documents, installed apps.

Tip: You can disable web search results in Windows Search.

It is worth mentioning that Microsoft has added Enhanced Mode to Search Indexer to make Windows Search faster and more accurate.

My search history is a feature that allows Windows Search to improve on-device searches. When not disabled, it uses the collected search history from all devices that you are using with the current Microsoft Account.

To clear Your Search History in Windows 10,

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Search > Permissions & History.
  3. On the right, go to the History section.
  4. Click on the link Search history settings.
  5. On the Bing Search History page, click on the link View and delete search history.
  6. Sign-in to your Microsoft Account if prompted.
  7. To clear individual search results, click on the Clear link under the appropriate search result.
  8. To remove the whole search history, click on the link Clear activity above the list of searches.
  9. Confirm the operation.

You are done.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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