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.

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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

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  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

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  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. 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. :[

  2. 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. :[

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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. 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. 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

    2. 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. :]

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

    4. 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.

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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 :(

  10. 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.

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