This post shows students and new users the steps to disable or enable recent searches when user hovers over search icon when using Windows 11. Windows search taskbar allows users to quickly search apps, files , folders, documents and the web on your device.

Windows search is great, but for privacy reasons, you may want to restrict what can be reviewed about a user’s search history. With the recent version, Windows 11 now allows users to view recent search history simply by hovering over the search icon on the taskbar.

You can disable this feature with a few clicks. By default, the feature is on and enabled.

The new Windows 11 comes with many new features and a new user desktop, including a centered start menu and taskbar, rounded corner windows, themes and colors that will make any computer look and feel modern.

If you’re excited about Windows 11, keep reading our posts about it.

To start configuring scrolling over search behavior, continue with the steps below.

How to disable recent search history when hovering over search icon

As mentioned above, Windows introduced a new feature that allows users to quickly review recent search history when hovering over the search icon on the taskbar. You can quickly disable it from Windows search and the steps below show you how.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for most of its settings. From system settings to creating new users and updating Windows, everything can be done from your System settings crystal.

To access the System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click Start ==> Settings as shown in the following picture:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and find Settings. Then select to open it.

The Windows settings panel should look similar to the image below. In Windows settings, click Network and Internetand select Wifi on the right panel of the screen shown in the image below.

When the taskbar settings panel opens, click or tap Taskbar behaviors on the right side to expand and open it.

Then uncheck the box for «Show recent searches when I hover over the search icon“To turn it off.

That should take effect immediately.

How to enable show recent search when hovering over search icon

If you change your mind and want to re-enable this feature, just reverse the steps above by going to the Start menu ==> Settings ==> Personalization ==> Taskbar ==> Taskbar behavior and check the box for «Show recent searches when I hover over the search icon” As shown below.

You should do that!


In this tutorial we have seen how to enable or disable search history when users hover over the search icon on the taskbar. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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