Solved: Turn off auto suggestion in explorer search

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newbie0007

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Is there a way to disable "auto suggestion" in the Windows explorer search ? This is NOT about Internet explorer, but rather the search feature that is available under "Search" button on the tool bar of the explorer window (that shows folder contents). The search feature asks for "All of part of the file name" and then once I start typing, it shows a list of names having the prefix matching whatever I typed so far. How does one disable showing up of this list automatically ?
 

newbie0007

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Excellent! Thanks. It worked.

However, just a follow-up question. If I turn it off and then turn it on, the older suggestions are again shown. Is there a way to clear the list of suggestions ?
 
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The easiest way is to get CCleaner, a free drive cleaner.

If you look under Windows Explorer it has "Windows Search Autocomplete" which should be checked by default. That will get rid of old search entries.

Just don't check anything under "Advanced" and don't run the Registry section of the program.
 

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OK. I'm not sure where are the options you are referring to.

Meanwhile, I found another answer - deleting the entries from the registry (by using the 'regedit'). With this, I could clear up old suggestions. But for the record, you may want to clarify your suggestions.

Thanks.
 
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Yes, I could have suggested to edit the registry key HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Search Assistant\ACMru, but many people are hesitant to edit the registry.

The option I was talking about is called "Search Autocomplete" and not "Windows Search Autocomplete" as I had previously posted, I can see why you were confused. See the screen shot.
 

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