Privacy setting

How to disable recent searches on Windows 11

You can now prevent recent searches from appearing in the Taskbar search button.

Windows 11 disable recent searches

On Windows 11, every time you search from the Taskbar or Start menu when hovering over the Search button, you will see a list of your recent searches.

Although this could be a useful feature for performing the same search again, it could be a privacy concern for many users. If you don’t want to see recent searches in the Taskbar, Windows 11 22H2 includes an option to disable this behavior.

In this guide, you will learn the easy steps to prevent the Taskbar from showing recent searches on Windows 11 22H2.

Disable recent searches on Windows 11

To stop showing recent searches in the Taskbar, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Personalization.

  3. Click the Taskbar tab.

  4. Click the Taskbar behaviors setting.

  5. Clear the Show recent searches when I hover over the search icon option.

    Disable recent searches in Taskbar

Once you complete the steps, when hovering over the search button in the Taskbar, you will no longer see a list of your recent searches.

If you only want to remove the current listing of past searches, you can always recheck the option in the Taskbar behaviors settings.

If you don’t see the option, you don’t have the version of Windows 11 that includes this option. The ability to stop showing recent searches is available on version 22H2 and higher releases.