Windows Search lets you search from your taskbar to find what you’re looking for, whether it’s on your device, in the cloud, or on the web.
Windows Search saves your recent search history locally on your device by default to help you find things faster. For example, you might discover that an app is ranked higher in your results if you’ve searched for it before.
Learn how to connect Windows Search with your accounts in the cloud, manage your Windows Search and SafeSearch settings, clear search history, and more.
This tutorial will show you how to clear device search history under Recent in Windows Search for your account in Windows 11.
EXAMPLE: Device search history under "Recent" in Windows Search
Open Settings (Win+I).
Click/tap on Privacy & security on the left side, and click/tap on Search permissions on the right side. (see screenshot below)
Open Search permissions settings
Under History, click/tap on the Clear device search history button under Search History on this device. (see screenshot below)
You can now close Settings if you like.
Open Windows Search (Win+S).
Hover over a Recent item you want to clear, and click/tap on its X button. Repeat for any other recent search history items you want to clear. (see screenshot below)