If you don’t want to see a long list of suggested tools or locations when typing into File Explorer or the Run line you can turn autocomplete off.
The autocomplete feature in Windows 10 File Explorer helps you navigate it easier by providing suggestions as you type. It works similarly to how it works in your browser. As you start typing in the File Explorer address bar or the Run dialog, suggestions are displayed. You don’t have to remember exact paths to get to a location or launch a utility.
A good reason to turn the autocomplete feature off is that it offers too many suggestions. For example, did you know you can get to a website by manually typing the URL into File Explorer or Run? That can add up to a lot of irrelevant suggestions when you’re trying to get to open a specific utility.
Disable AutoComplete in File Explorer with Registry Hack
The autocomplete feature should be enabled by default on most systems. But, if it isn’t on, or you want to turn it off, it just takes a simple tweak in the Registry. First, hit the keyboard combo of Windows Key + R to bring up the Run dialog and type: regedit and hit Enter or click OK.
Then head to the following path:
Then you need to create a new String Value in the left-panel named AutoSuggest. To do that, right-click and choose New > String Value and type in AutoSuggest.
After the string is created, double-click on it and set its Value data to either “yes” or “no” based on whether you want the autocomplete feature on or not.
That’s it. After you set the value, close out of Registry Editor and make sure it works. If you set it to “no” you won’t see the suggestions and vice versa.
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