General Enable or Disable AutoSuggest in File Explorer Address Bar in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable AutoSuggest for the Run and File Explorer address bar for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

As you type (ex: path) in the address bar of File Explorer (Win+E) or Run (Win+R), AutoSuggest will automatically show you a list of suggested matches of what you are typing in a drop down menu based on your address bar history. This way you can select the suggestion to autocomplete instead of having to fully type it out.

AutoSuggest is enabled by default, but you can disable it if wanted.

Disabling AutoSuggest does not clear your address bar history.

Disabling AutoSuggest appears to no longer work in Windows 11 23H2 and higher.




EXAMPLE: AutoSuggest enabled and disable in Run and File Explorer address bar

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Run_AutoSuggest-disabled.png


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File_Explorer_address_bar_AutoSuggest-disabled.png




Here's How:

1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you want.

2 Enable AutoSuggest in File Explorer Address Bar

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the REG file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Enable_AutoSuggest_in_File_Explorer_address_bar_and_Run.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoComplete]
"AutoSuggest"=-

3 Disable AutoSuggest in File Explorer Address Bar

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the REG file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Disable_AutoSuggest_in_File_Explorer_address_bar_and_Run.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoComplete]
"AutoSuggest"="no"

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 If File Explorer or Run is currently open, then close and reopen it to apply.

8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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This doesn't work on Windows 11 23H2. The explorer has a bug where the suggestion bar keeps showing even after losing focus, very annoying. It's frustrating that they programmed such a basic program so badly.
 

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This doesn't work on Windows 11 23H2. The explorer has a bug where the suggestion bar keeps showing even after losing focus, very annoying. It's frustrating that they programmed such a basic program so badly.
I thought I was the only one having this issue. Glad to see its not just me; hopefully they get it fixed soon.
 

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