How to Turn On or Off Inline AutoComplete for File Explorer in Windows 11

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The article provides a guide on how to activate or deactivate the inline AutoComplete feature in Windows 11’s File Explorer. The File Explorer’s autocomplete function predicts typing and offers file or folder suggestions based on the user’s address bar history and recent searches. The instructions include a method via Control Panel settings and an alternative…

This article explains how to turn inline AutoComplete on or off in the File Explorer address bar in Windows 11.

The File Explorer, alternatively referred to as Windows Explorer or Explorer, is a file and folder browser found in every version of Windows. It is used to browse your PC hard drives (internal or external), folders, and files.

File Explorer has an inline autocomplete feature that anticipates your typing and suggests a file or folder based on your File Explorer address bar history and recent search queries.

To complete a suggested query, type the Enter key or the right-arrow key on your keyboard without finishing typing in the address bar.

This feature is turned off by default, but you can turn it on anytime. The steps below show you how.

Turn on or off inline autocomplete in the File Explorer address bar

As mentioned, File Explorer has an inline autocomplete feature that anticipates your typing and suggests a file or folder based on your File Explorer address bar history and recent search queries.

Here’s how to turn it on and off.

First, open the Control Panel app.

Then go to Control Panel -> Network and Internet settings page. Click the Internet Options link on the setting page.

Enable or disable inline autocomplete in File Explorer address bar

Select the Advanced tab on the pop-up Internet Properties window, then click the Use inline AutoComplete to enable it.

To turn it off, uncheck the box.

Enable or disable inline autocomplete in File Explorer address bar

Close the Control Panel app when you are done.

Enable or disable inline AutoComplete in the File Explorer address bar via the Registry Editor

Another way to turn the inline AutoComplete on or off in the File Explorer address bar is to use the Windows Registry editor.

To do that, open the Windows Registry editor, and navigate to the folder key below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoComplete

If you don’t see the AutoComplete folder key, right-click on the Explorer parent key, then create the subkey (AutoComplete) folder.

Enable or disable inline autocomplete in File Explorer address bar
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Right-click the AutoComplete folder key’s right pane and select New -> String Value. Type a new item named Append Completion.

Double-click the new item you created (Append Completion) and update the Value data:

  • To enable inline AutoComplete, delete yes.
  • To disable inline AutoComplete, type no.
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That should do it. Restart your computer for the changes to apply.

Examples of AutoComplete feature:

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to turn inline AutoComplete on or off in the File Explorer address bar in Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comments form below.

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