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Q: Erase search history ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Erase search history
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: beachnut-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 04 Nov 2002 06:36 PST
Expires: 04 Dec 2002 06:36 PST
Question ID: 98170
I would like to erase all of the history of previous searches so 
that when a one letter entry in the search box does not initiate all
the previous searches associated with the first letter entered.
Subject: Re: Erase search history
Answered By: seizer-ga on 04 Nov 2002 06:49 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hi there beachnut!

If you're using Internet Explorer, then you do this as follows:

1) Click on the "Tools" menu.
2) Click on "Internet Options".
3) Click on the "Content" tab.
4) Click on the "Autocomplete" button.
5) Uncheck the "Forms" box. If you like, you can also uncheck "Web
Addresses" to stop Internet Explorer suggesting web sites as you type
6) Now click "OK", and "OK" again, and you will no longer have that

If you're using Netscape, then you do this as follows:

1) Click on the "Edit" menu.
2) Click on "Preferences".
3) Click on "Privacy & Security"
4) Click on "Forms".
5) Uncheck "Save form data..."
6) Click "OK".

I hope this has answered your question. If any part of it is not
clear, or you need extra information on some part of my answer, then
please do not hesitate to request clarification before rating this

Thanks, and good luck.

-- seizer-ga

Clarification of Answer by seizer-ga on 04 Nov 2002 07:29 PST
If this is, as gopalkamat-ga suggests, a way to clear _file_ searches,
then you can do this as follows:

1) Click on the Start button.
2) Click on Run.
3) Type "regedit" without the quotes, and press ENTER
4) Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet
Explorer\Explorer Bars\
5) There will be three options, made up of numbers and letters. Pick
the second one.
6) You should see a list of everything you have searched for
previously, appearing in the right hand pane. Right click on each of
these, and choose delete. This will clear the search history.

-- seizer-ga
beachnut-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Excellent answer and results

Subject: Re: Erase search history
From: gopalkamat-ga on 04 Nov 2002 07:13 PST
Is this with reference to searches performed in Windows Explorer?
Subject: Re: Erase search history
From: viod-ga on 04 Nov 2002 13:19 PST
The clarification gives a method to clear _file_ searches from
Explorer. How about Netscape?

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