Clear Run box history on Windows

If you execute command in run box on Windows, it usually keeps the command in history. It is useful if you need to use the command again, you don’t have to type it. But if you are at public computer or maybe share this user account with someone else, they can see what have you done or which folder you accessed from the run box history so you may want to delete history from the run box after you executed some private command.

Step-by-step

Use registry editor to delete run history

Note: Modify Windows registry incorrectly could result in serious problem to your system. You can backup registry before follow these steps or try other methods if you aren’t familiar with the method.

Open run window and type regedit and click OK.
Note: You can open run window by press Windows + R keyboard shortcut on Windows 7, 8, and 10.

2. On registry editor, navigate to this path.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU

3. Then, you see command history as key-pair value on the right window.

4. Select key that you want. Right-click on those keys and select Delete. In this example, I want to clear all run history so I select all keys from a to g.

5. Click Yes to confirm.

6. Now you see that run history is clear.

How to change, add & remove search box providers on Internet Explorer 8

Have you been using Google, Bing or any other favorite search provider in your search box on Internet Explorer 8? And now you’ve got a new computer or somebody changed your settings and… Guess what? Your search box now has a different search provider.

Today we are going look at how to change default search provider or add and remove search providers in the search box on IE8.

1-  Launch Internet Explorer 8 (IE8).

2-  Look at the top-right in the Internet Explorer 8 window, click the downward arrow as shown in image 1 above (Click 1st), a menu will appear and click Manage Search Providers on the list.

3-  In Manage Add-Ons window, make sure that Search Providers is selected, then click on Find more search providers…

Internet Explorer 8 will open redirecting you to the Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 Add-on Gallery website, feel free to look around and find the search provider that you like.

4-  Then, when you find the Add-Ons you want, click Add to Internet Explorer and a new window called Add Search Provider will open. Now, you can just click Add and the default choices will be save or you can choose between:

    • Make this my default search provider – If you check  this option, you will make the search provider the new default and it will be immediately available. If you leave this option uncheck it will add the new search provider to your list, but it will not be the default.
  • Use search suggestions from this provider – This option is selected by default and it means that every time that you start typing, it will automatically show suggestions of the partial typing. If you don’t like suggestions you can uncheck this option.

You can also change back and forth between providers by clicking the service provider icon and choosing a new service provider.

That is it, you are done!

To remove a search providers follow step 1-2, when the Manage Add-ons window opens, look for the service provider that you don’t want anymore, select the name, click Remove, and click Close to finish.

Note that you cannot remove the current default search provider, you need to first select and click Set as default in another provider, before you can remove the first default service provider in question.

Conclusion

Search providers are very useful because they are easy to set up and can help you to speed up your online search, example: by choosing Google as your default search provider, you can do a search right from your browser without needing to go to the website first to start a search and not only you can use search engines, like Google, Bing; etc. you can also search within your browser other websites like Amazon, Wikipedia; etc.

Common Control (Ctrl) Key + Windows Shortcuts

I spend a lot of time online, creating documents and multitasking on my computer, so I am always looking for ways to optimize my time. And today I would like to share with you, some of what I think are the most common Windows shortcuts, using the control (Ctrl) key in your keyboard, they are simple and easy to remember.

Shortcuts are really easy to execute, just press and hold the Ctrl key and while holding the first key press the second key and let go.

These Windows shortcuts will work on most Microsoft Windows releases (XP, Vista, Windows 7; etc.), most applications and web Browsers.

Most Windows compatibles keyboards will have 2 “Ctrl” keys as shown in the image below (Click Image to expand).

 

  • Ctrl + Z – Enables you to undo the last action or several actions depending how many undo actions the application supports. Example: If you deleted a selected line of text or an image, you can easily use these keys combination to retrieve the selected line text back.
  • Ctrl + A – Enables you to select everything (pictures, text; etc.) on a document, website page, or files and folders.
  • Ctrl + X – Enables you to cut selected text, pictures and files.
  • Ctrl + C – Enables you to copy selected text, pictures and files.
  • Ctrl + V – Enables you to paste text, pictures and files that you previously cut or copy.
  • Ctrl + F – Enables you to start a search within an application.
  • Ctrl + S – Enables you to save a documents or save changes to the already saved document.
  • Ctrl + O – Enables you to open a document.
  • Ctrl + N – Enables you to create a new documents.