How to turn off "Search the Web" results in Windows 11

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 26, 2021
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When you run searches on Windows 11 from the operating system's Start Menu, you will get local results as well as web-based results powered by Bing by default. Microsoft introduced web search functionality in Windows 10 and has kept the feature in Windows 11.

Many Windows 11 users see web searching as a way for Microsoft to promote its Bing search engine, and not as something that adds value to the search functionality. Web Search integration broke Windows Search at least once on Windows 10, and there is the chance that this is going to happen again.

Disable Search the Web on Windows 11

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Windows 11 comes with an official option to turn off web searching in the Start Menu. It is not an option in the Settings application. While there is an option to manage cloud content search in the Settings application, it does not affect Internet search in the Windows 11 Start Menu but content of the Microsoft Account, e.g. form OneDrive, that may be returned.

Just turn off the options on the page and run a search; you will notice that results from Bing web searches are still included.

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The official option is available in the Group Policy Editor and Registry. The Group Policy Editor is only available in professional and Enterprise editions of Windows 11. Home users need to make the change in the Registry to get rid of "Search the web" in the Start Menu.

The Group Policy option

do not allow web search windows 11 group policy

  1. Open Start, type gpedit.msc and select the Group Policy Editor item to launch the Local Group Policy Editor. Note that you need elevated rights to access the tool.
  2. Use the sidebar on the left to navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search.
  3. Double-click on the policy "Do not allow web search".
  4. Set the status of the policy to Enabled.
  5. Click ok.
  6. Double-click on the policy "Don't search the web or display web results in Search".
  7. Set the status of the policy to Enabled.
  8. Click ok.
  9. Restart the PC.

Note that it is possible that you may still web-based results after making the change. If that is the case, you will need to make the edits in the Registry to stop web search results in Windows 11's Start Menu.

The Registry option

windows 11 disable bing search

  1. Select Start, type regedit.exe and select the Registry Editor to launch it. Accept the UAC prompt that is displayed.
  2. Navigate to Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search
  3. Right-click on Search and select New > Dword (32-bit) Value.
  4. Name the value BingSearchEnabled.
  5. Double-click on the new Dword and set data to 0.

The change should be visible right away. Just run a search from the Start Menu to verify that no web search results are displayed anymore on the Windows 11 PC.

Just delete the Dword value again if you want to restore the default functionality.

Now You: do you find web search results useful in Windows 11's Start Menu?

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  1. Solomon said on June 17, 2024 at 12:55 am
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    Thanks, this worked! short sweet and to the point!!

  2. Neil C said on March 27, 2024 at 4:25 pm
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    This worked for me! Thank you for posting this!

  3. Sander said on March 12, 2024 at 4:47 pm
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    Thank you! Horrible webresults instead of what I am actually searching are off the past. Unbelievable that this level of tweaking is needed to kill this (it was easier in the past was it not?!).

  4. Greg said on December 16, 2023 at 9:50 am
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    Children accounts with strict settings still have unwanted, unwelcomed filthy web results. Horrible. None of the suggestions work, NONE, tried them all.

  5. Keenan said on October 18, 2023 at 6:14 am
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    Thanks a tonne! ive hated this feature for so long. also disabled cortana using the same method.

  6. blop said on June 27, 2023 at 1:12 am
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    Nice, it worked for a user without admin permission. Thanks !

  7. brad said on March 17, 2023 at 4:10 am
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    spoke to soon not fixed gggrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    ok

    slowingdown

  8. brad said on March 17, 2023 at 4:08 am
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    actually io think it might have just needed a bit to process coz i now have success so thank you

  9. brad said on March 17, 2023 at 4:05 am
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    no luck mom i cant find those folders and tried the other 2 opions
    i mean they did get rid of web search for start menu but google still gets hijacked

  10. mom said on March 10, 2023 at 6:35 pm
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    Okay, so this wasn’t working for my child’s account and I was getting frustrated, I ended up in the group policy option, gpedit.msc, and opening as administrator (enter password…), and since the two options were not working (expired or something), I picked “Fully disable Search UI” keeping in mind it makes it difficult to find the file again, I made a note of where it was in the file explorer in case I needed to disable it, it worked (I disabled it to make sure I could reverse it, had to go through explorer, but it was fine, then I re-enabled the option). You can find gpedit.msc in C\Windows\System32\

    In case anyone is wondering my child was having trouble focusing on school work when given time to do it on the computer, I already blocked all apps except school-related ones and she found out she could search from the taskbar instead. Hopefully this helps someone.

  11. Anonymous said on February 18, 2023 at 3:08 pm
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    Registry way worked for my win11,thanks!

  12. Doug said on December 19, 2022 at 8:48 pm
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    Thank you so much! I never would have figured this out on my own, and use the search to find docs and files on my computer many times a day, and just upgrades to windows 11 in new machine.

  13. Kyle said on August 23, 2022 at 7:13 pm
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    Awesome, still works today (23 Aug 2022) on build Win11 build 856. I used the two Group Policy edits.
    Why did I do it? Because it annoyed me enough to go searching for how to turn it off. My Start was really slow in trying to search for an application on my computer, by throwing it out to Bing and advertising it to me.

  14. Watt said on July 15, 2022 at 9:04 pm
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    Thank you so much! The idiots at MS apparently force the Internet search option back on with some updates. This feature was off on my Win 11 laptop until recently, then suddenly appeared today. Again, thanks for the registry hack.

  15. UserExperience said on April 18, 2022 at 8:36 pm
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    Unbelievable nonsense they push just to promote edge or bing or whatnot. This is the third mandatory registry hack I had to do to make 11 usable.

  16. Dart said on April 16, 2022 at 3:39 pm
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    Just tried the 3 above mentioned tweaks:
    The 2 @ the site heading & roman’s.
    none are working for me.

    microsoft 11 pro
    10.0.22000 build 22000

  17. Anonymous said on April 7, 2022 at 7:22 am
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    The registry edit is not working in Windows 11 now.

  18. Anthony said on March 7, 2022 at 6:04 am
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    I find the whole ‘Bing’ strategy of attempting to force use to be very dishonest on Microsoft’s part. I’ve read the comments from Martin and all the others and am not sure what you are talking about. I will make longhand notes, step by step, take a break for a few hours and try again.
    The second fault I find with Microsoft is the wicked idea of a Beta version as an automatic download for subscribers. I was a home use subscriber, $99 per annum in Australia, and witlessly downloaded because M*t prompted me to do so. Nothing about it being a Beta version. I missed deadlines. On one workday, I lost 11 hours. Misery.
    I have cancelled my subscription. But thank you all for your notes of possible helping strategies.

  19. Nick said on March 6, 2022 at 8:56 pm
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    Even the registry change isn’t working on windows 11 now. The web search is an absolute violation.

    Besides how violating it is, it’s also a performance nightmare. I have a top end machine and yet pressing backspace while searching in start causes a huge pause.

  20. Rage Kage said on March 6, 2022 at 12:48 am
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    I used this for Windows 10 as I couldn’t find any current advice that worked. I’m not sure if the group policies worked as I tried both methods before restarting, but the regedit method worked immediately. Thanks a ton!

  21. Science Tech said on February 8, 2022 at 8:56 pm
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    Thank you! That worked. What a relief.

    I have Windows 11 pro but also needed to the regedit on top of the group policy changes.

  22. Cloud said on January 28, 2022 at 12:56 am
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    I made it windows 10 again but with rounded corners I don’t know how to get rid of them.

  23. Anonymous said on December 13, 2021 at 12:16 am
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    Tried both the GP and the Registry and neither of them worked for me.

  24. Anonymous said on December 5, 2021 at 1:15 pm
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    Does not work for me on current window 11. I disabled group policies AND the registry change and i still get web search results in the start menu :(

  25. Ray said on November 30, 2021 at 8:54 pm
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    This was one of the first things I did when I discovered that Windows 11 was sending search queries to Bing.

    Shameful that there isn’t an easy option to disable this in the Settings panel.

  26. Anonymous said on November 28, 2021 at 5:15 pm
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    Searches of sensitive local content are sent to Microsoft by default, what a bunch of cunts.

  27. Roman said on November 28, 2021 at 2:51 pm
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    This does not work on newest Windows 11. The ONLY option that works is the following registry tweak:
    -) HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
    -) create the Explorer key if not present
    -) inside of Explorer, create new DWORD 32bit entry called
    DisableSearchBoxSuggestions
    and set the value to 1
    -) reboot

    1. Anonymous said on November 10, 2022 at 3:13 pm
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      This worked for me too, thanks!

    2. Windowskindass said on July 21, 2022 at 12:11 am
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      Thank you so mutch man! +rep
      Still works 21.7.2022 on the current windows version

    3. Matt said on July 9, 2022 at 7:20 pm
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      Roman’s trick still works as of July 2022.

    4. Sarah said on May 31, 2022 at 11:47 pm
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      Thank You! This worked perfectly.

    5. Anonymous said on March 6, 2022 at 1:15 am
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      This was the only thing that worked for me, thank you so much!

    6. Anonymous said on February 17, 2022 at 5:23 pm
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      Thank you, works for me aswell, the article solutions were enough before, but something in this new windows 11 build ignores both the registry and the group policies.

      Current build 22000.527

    7. Markz said on February 5, 2022 at 6:36 am
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      Can confirm, still works as Feb 5,2022 with build 22000.469 (21H2)

    8. MickaJsd said on December 29, 2021 at 3:58 pm
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      Worked for me with a Win 11 Pro 21H2 (build: 22000.376)
      Thank you very(!) much for this tweak.
      I really couldn’t stand this feature anymore.

    9. Anonymous said on December 23, 2021 at 5:30 pm
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      Thanks, this is the only way that works, my OS is Windows 11 21H2 22000.348

    10. Ben S. said on December 22, 2021 at 3:52 am
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      None of the stuff in the article works for me in Windows 11 Home x64 21H2 22000.376, but Roman’s suggestion does.

      You don’t even need to reboot – just kill all Explorer.exe processes in Task Manager, then launch a new one via File->Run new task->explorer.exe

      1. Anonymous said on April 27, 2022 at 11:24 pm
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        You can simply use restart instead of killing the explorer process

    11. Anonymous said on December 19, 2021 at 6:43 pm
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      This was the only solution that worked for me. Neither the reg edits nor group policy changes listed in the main article.

    12. Anonymous said on December 15, 2021 at 10:19 am
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      Thanks Roman, it worked for me

    13. John G. said on November 28, 2021 at 6:55 pm
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      @roman’s trick works fine, same version of W11 here. :]

    14. Martin Brinkmann said on November 28, 2021 at 4:23 pm
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      Which version of Windows 11 did you test this on?

      1. vutt said on March 17, 2022 at 2:43 pm
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        Thank you Roman, this was exactly what I was looking for.

      2. Roman said on November 28, 2021 at 5:40 pm
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        I tested it on the current build 22000.348
        At least in my case, my mentioned Registry tweak was the only option that worked

      3. Anonymous said on June 19, 2022 at 4:38 am
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        no longer works (June 2022), there is no Explorer in the Windows folder

  28. Maris said on November 28, 2021 at 12:29 pm
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    Didn’t work for me

  29. Tony said on November 27, 2021 at 6:11 pm
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    Start11 lets you replace the Start Menu with a clone of it, and it lets you remove the “recommended” section, in-case you don’t use it. It also turns off the search the web nonsense. Just a thought.

    1. John G. said on November 27, 2021 at 6:28 pm
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      However, it’s not free. Probably OpenShell will do the same near soon. :]

      1. Tony said on November 28, 2021 at 5:31 am
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        Not everything needs to be free. Do you work for free?

      2. John G. said on November 28, 2021 at 11:07 am
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        I work to earn money not to waste it.

  30. Farmers said on November 27, 2021 at 12:27 pm
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    Can’t say this bothers me too much, as I hardly ever search through the Start Menu (or the Search button for that matter) anyway.

    1. Croatoan said on November 27, 2021 at 5:59 pm
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      Yea. Program Everything is much better and faster.

  31. John G. said on November 27, 2021 at 10:48 am
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    This teawk seems not working in W11 x.348, rebooting included.
    Anyway it does not bother me too much. :[

  32. JonSnow said on November 27, 2021 at 10:07 am
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    This really bothered me to the point I reverted back to Win10…it was annoying. I was searching inside my PC and Win11 was giving me Web results first.

    1. John G. said on November 27, 2021 at 10:58 am
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      W11 should be released in 2023, by now is a more or less a disaster for productivity. :[

      1. Gar G said on April 22, 2023 at 6:16 am
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        I am from the future, and it still is a disaster for productivity.

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