Whether you’re working for a company with a computer that multiple users have access to or you use a family computer you must be facing this problem; you’ve searched for a sensitive or private file to find it then a colleague or another family member discover that file from access windows explorer search, that can happen by mistake or even on purpose.
To help protect your privacy then you should make all of your windows explorer searches anonymous and that’s where this article come, this post will present a step by step guide on how to make all of your windows explorer searches anonymous to protect your sensitive and private data from those nosey colleagues and family members.
Step 1: In the search bar/Cortana and type “gpedit.msc” and hit enter, what this command does is give you access to the “Group Policy Editor”.
Step 2: A new window will pop up navigate to “Windows Explorer” using the left hand side menu; Go to User Configuration → Administrative Templates → Windows Components → Windows Explorer.
Step 3: Double click the “Turn off display of recent search entities in Windows Explorer search box”.
Step 4: A new window will pop up, just click on the radio button beside “Disable”, then click on the apply tab at the bottom of the window as seen in the screenshot below.
Congratulations, you’ve now prevent recent searches in Windows Explorer from appearing and you’ve protected your privacy and thus your private and sensitive data on the computer.