How To Clear File Browser History In Windows 10 - Complete Guide

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The Windows 10 operating system offers many new features for PC users, as well as new features that make it easier to use. One of these tasks was there  chronology of browser dei file or the  chronology of browser dei file  ; We will proceed by explaining step by step how you can delete this record so as not to waste your computer resources.

What are the steps to delete PC File Explorer history?

La  Windows 10 browser history it works in a similar way to that of Internet browsers, i.e. they record the searches made by the user. However, this can become a problem for your computer's cache or RAM if there is a very long history, making it slower at work and even more so if sorting files in your folders is something you don't usually do and resort only to the use of the search engine.



To solve this problem, use the  clearing the browser log  and there are various methods you can try, we will tell you what some of them are.

Directly from the download folder

With this method is used to delete or delete the recycle bin, temporary folders and Windows 10 history by opening the "Downloads" or "Downloads" folder, although you can open any folder to clear a specific search record.

  1. Once you have opened the download folder or the one you want, you have to click on the search bar.
  2. Once this is done, you will go to the “Search” tab which should be enabled during the previous step. There, we find the "Recent Searches" option.
  3. We click and a menu will appear with different options and the most important, the one that interests us at the moment is " Clear your search history ".
  4. Let's click on that option and voila, let's wait for the process to finish.

Normally, it shouldn't take that long, but if our history is very full, our PC will take some time to clear all history from our file browser.



Another valid method that can also be done from the download folder itself or from any other, is to right-click directly on the address bar, next to the search bar. This will show a menu and at the end of it all is the “Delete History” option; This method will have the same effect as the previous one explained, except that it is more "direct".

Using the "Shift + Del" commands

With the previous methods we have seen how to delete all file browser history, however, what if we want to delete only one item or some specific ones? For this task, we have the use of a command the of a keyboard shortcut  which is:

  • Shift + Delete

Obviously it is necessary to first find the result we want to delete and then use the command. We will tell you what are the steps to follow:

  1. Open any folder on your computer, if you have search in a specific browser, we recommend that you open that folder specifically.
  2. Then, go to the search bar and start typing the initials of the result you are about to delete.
  3. When it appears, move the mouse cursor to hover the mouse over the specific result, but without clicking, just to make it appear preselected.
  4. Finally, use the command we mentioned, which is "Shift + Del".

In this way, you will be able to quickly erase the result you want without deleting the others. You can do this as many times as you want in case there are several specific search results.


What is the way to clear the Windows 10 File Explorer cache?

When you clear the search history as we told you before, you are in turn clearing the cache memory of Windows 10 Explorer,  quite a part of it. The best way to eliminate these “temporary files” which are cached on our PC and which do not concern only the search results, but other data, is with third party programs.


Current antiviruses, most of them, have the functionality of deleting residual or junk files, browsing histories (both Internet browsers, such as those of the file explorer), old files and others. Although this can still be customizable and you can specifically choose to  delete the Windows 10 file browser cache.


The problem with this problem is that many of these antiviruses require a subscription in order to unlock this feature. However, you can also look for free programs which, although they are not antivirus, are responsible for cleaning our PC and, among them, delete this cache.

You can search the web  programs to clear the cache  and install them on your computer, they are easy to use and do not represent major complications; this ensures that you have actually cleared your search history.

How to know if your PC's file browser history has been deleted?

It is very easy to make sure of this, you just have to open the folder where you have deleted those search records and click on the Windows 10 file explorer search browser ; In case you have cleared all history, a menu with any search suggestions should not appear, if it was a specific one, the other records should appear, but not the one you cleared.


Also, the "Recent Searches" option may not appear enabled in the search tab if you have cleared all of your history.

Restart your PC

Always make sure that after making any changes to your PC, like  clear your PC's file browser history and cache, restart it, as this ensures that the changes have actually been made. After restarting it, you can access File Explorer again and check if the history is there.


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