How to Get Windows Search to Remember Previously Typed Words

By Alan Sembera

You can access the Charms bar from any screen in Windows 8.
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The Search feature on the Windows 8 Charms bar allows you to quickly locate apps, setting and files on your computer. For even easier searching, you can set Windows to remember previously typed search terms. When you're searching for apps and settings, Windows will order the results based on this saved history. When you're searching for files, Windows will also display your previously typed words in a drop-down list, allowing you to select one of the terms instead of re-typing the full text.

Click "Settings" on the Charms bar, then click "Change PC Settings" at the bottom of the bar.

Select "Search" on the left panel of the PC Settings screen.

Move the slider to the "On" position under "Show the Apps I Search Most Often at the Top."

Move the slider to the "On" position under "Let Windows Save My Searches as Future Search Suggestions." Windows will begin remembering your search terms from this point on when searching for files or folders; any previously entered search terms will not show up in the suggestions.