One really annoying feature in Windows Vista is that the typed URL history is shared between Windows Explorer and IE. So when you are using your browser and you drop down the address bar, you end up seeing dozens of local folders or network paths when all you really want to see are the web URLs. I did some Googling and concluded that there’s no built in way to disable this “feature”. Eventually I ended up writing a simple app that has a timer and periodically checks the registry key where typed URLs are stored and removes all those entries that do not start with “http://” or “https://”.
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