How To Clear Outlook Search History?

You’ve created custom filters and searches and found them especially useful for your daily email experience. Now, what happens when someone else uses those same settings? How can they access the data you worked so hard to create?

There’s no doubt that our email inboxes are cluttered, and sometimes even overwhelming. Some of us even struggle to take care of our emails, because we don’t know where to begin.

And once we’re done reading our messages, it’s back to searching for relevant information or finding the latest deals.

One of the biggest complaints I hear from users of Microsoft Outlook is that it’s notorious for not keeping search history.

When you search on Outlook, the contents of the search box are added to the Outlook search history.

Even though clearing search history has been possible in the past, Microsoft has now made it much easier to do. What I’ve done is outline the specific steps required to clear the Outlook search history.

Steps to delete search history from Outlook application

When you finish typing keywords in the Instant Search box on the homepage, they are stored automatically and listed in the recent searches drop-down list below the search box.
 
Recent searches
 
  • Click the Win + R keys from your keyboard, which opens the Run dialog box
  • Type ‘Regedit’ in the Open box, and then click the OK button.
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  • User Account Control dialog box appears, click Yes to proceed.
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  • ‘Registry Editor’ window appears you need to expand slowly step by step and get the specific area, there few modifications Delete Outlook Search History. The path varies from version to version in Outlook.
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  • Outlook 2016/2013HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software >> Microsoft >> Office >> 16.0 for Outlook 2016 or 15.0 for Outlook 2013 >> Outlook >> Profiles >> Outlook > 0a0d020000000000c000000000000046.
    Outlook 2010/2007HKEY_CURRENT_USER >> Software >> Microsoft >> Windows NT >> CurrentVersion >> Windows Messaging Subsystem >> Profiles >> 0a0d020000000000c000000000000046.
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  • From the right pane, the section finds 101f0445″, You can simply click Ctrl + F, type “101f0445″ and hit enter, you will directly get there.
  • Once you find it, right-click on it, and select Delete from the context menu.
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  • Confirm Value Delete dialog box appears, click Yes as final confirmation.
Confirm Value Delete

Finally, you can recheck the Search History, it’s gone.

Clearing your search history is important for your privacy reasons and for the sake of being able to quickly find your emails.

The next time you need something from your inbox, you should be able to find it quickly, so it is critical that you remove old searches.

How to Delete Search History from Outlook.com

Outlook.com gives you the ability to delete your search history, but there’s a catch: it’s not easy to find or delete. If you need to get rid of your search history, you must follow a convoluted process that involves navigating through several menus and submenus.
 
If you’re having a tough time finding your search history, it can be even more difficult to find. So, here’s how to delete your search history from Outlook.com.

Without wasting time, Open Outlook.com, click the cog, and then click ‘view all Outlook settings.’

setting cog outlook web

That will open the setting wizard, from the lefthand pane section select ‘General‘, On the right-hand side, select ‘Privacy and data‘.

privacy and data setting

On the right-hand side, there is a Search History section, which consists of ‘Delete History’ & ‘Export.’

search history

In case you need to export the entire history, you can simply click Export, your data will export in a .csv (comma-separated values) file. You can select a specific location, or it will download directly to the default location.

To delete your search history, click ‘Delete history.’ You will get a final confirmation dialogue box, you can confirm, and your search history is permanently deleted.

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In conclusion, searching through Outlook helps you find the information you want to keep. Whether you’re searching through your email archive, your contacts, or your tasks, you can easily find the information you need.

Final Words

In conclusion, we know this must be solved. We rely on Outlook to be able to search our emails. Outlook search is one of the fastest ways to find something in Outlook.
 
But Outlook search can become cluttered over time with old emails from long ago. Sometimes this clutter can be so bad that Outlook search can stop working.

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