How to Clear the Recent Search History in Your Outlook

When you search items by means of the instant search, Outlook will remember the recent search history automatically. This article will focus on how to clear this history.

To find out the recent search history list, you should click into the search box to bring out the “Search” ribbon. Then you are able to find the “Recent Searches” button in the “Options” group. Click on it, and the recent search history will show up in the drop down list, like the following screenshot:

Recent Search History List

Sometimes, you may find that the list is full of your unwanted search suggestions. In this case, you must hope to clear the list. However, by default, Outlook doesn’t have built-in feature to quickly remove these suggestions. So here we will teach you an efficient means by Registry Editor.

Clear the Recent Search History

  1. In the first place, you should exit Outlook properly.
  2. Then turn to the “Start Menu” and type “regedit” in the search box.Search Regedit
  3. The “regedit” program will show up. Click on it, and a new “Account Control” dialog box will pop up. You should hit “Yes” button in it.
  4. After that, you will get access to the Registry Editor successfully. Now you ought to browse to the following registry keys as per your Outlook versions:
  • For Outlook 2007 and 2010, the keys are:

“HKEY_CURRENT_USER” > “Software” > “Microsoft” > “Windows NT” > “CurrentVersion” > “Windows Messaging Subsystem” > “Profiles” > “<profile name> “> “0a0d020000000000c000000000000046”

Note: “<profile name>” refers to your Outlook profile name. The default profile name is usually “Outlook” if you haven’t specified it.

  • For Outlook 2013 and 2016, the keys are:

“HKEY_CURRENT_USER” > “Software” > “Microsoft” > “Office” > “<version>” > “Outlook” > “Profiles” > “profile name” > “0a0d020000000000c000000000000046”

Note: The”<version>” varies with your Outlook versions. Outlook 2013 is “15.0”. Outlook 2016 is “16.0”.

  1. Next you should find the “101f0445” value in the right pane. Right click on it and select “Delete” from the right clicking menu.Delete 101f0445 Value
  2. Later an alert will pop up, in which you should select “Yes”.Confirm Value Delete
  3. Finally you can close Registry Editor and restart Outlook. You will see that the recent search history list have been cleaned up, shown as the screenshot below:No Recent Search History

Safeguard Your Outlook Data Efficiently

Due to the fact that Outlook is vulnerable, you should make great efforts to keep your Outlook data protected. The most vital and effective way must be to back up your Outlook files on a regular basis. In this case, even if Outlook crashes, you can easily recover corrupt Outlook data from the backups.

Author Introduction:

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