Note: even though I’m showing up in Windows 10, the methods discussed below will also work in Windows 7 and 8.
Delete directly from File Explorer
The easiest way to clear Windows Explorer history is directly from File Explorer itself. To do that, open File Explorer using the keyboard shortcut “Win + E.” Once File Explorer has been opened, right-click on the address bar and choose “Delete History”.
You won’t get any prompts, but the File Explorer history has been cleared in the background. You can confirm that by clicking on that drop-down icon in the address bar.
Delete from Folder Options
The second most straightforward way is to use directory options. To get started, open File Explorer using the shortcut “Win + E”, and then select “Options” from the “View” tab.
Once the Folder Options window has been opened, click the “Clear” button to clear all File Explorer history. This action removes the File Explorer Address Bar and files and folders in quick access.
If you don’t want File Explorer to archive your recent file and folder history, uncheck both checkboxes under the Security section and click the “Ok” button to save the changes.
Delete using Windows Registry Editor
This isn’t the most elegant or most comfortable way, but you can also clear File Explorer’s address bar history using the Windows Registry editor. To do that, press “Win + R”, type regedit, and hit the Enter button.
After opening the Windows Registry editor, navigate to the following key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer TypedPaths
The registry editor will display the File Explorer’s address bar history as a list of URLs. Since each URL is displayed individually, you can remove them individually. To do that, right-click on the URL string value, and then choose the option “Delete”.
The above action will show you a warning message. Click the “Yes” button to delete the string value.
If you want to delete the entire File Explorer address bar history, then select all URLs except “(Default)” using the Ctrl key on your keyboard; Right-click on them, and then choose the option “Delete”.
Feel free to comment below, sharing your thoughts and experiences using the above methods to clear File Explorer’s address bar history in Windows.