As you’ve probably noticed, Windows Search displays web results as soon as you start typing in the search box on your Windows 10 or 11 computer. Below are 3 different methods to disable web results in Windows search.
Disable web results in Windows search
By default, the search box on your Windows 10 and 11 computers is designed to show suggestions from the internet in addition to the results of the local search performed on your computer’s hard drive.
This is because Windows Search is built on top of Microsoft’s Bing search engine, which also supports Internet Explorer and Microsoft’s Edge browser.
While web results or suggestions can be useful in certain cases, they are completely unnecessary if a user is just trying to search for files, programs, or apps that are on the computer’s local hard drive.
Another good reason for disabling web suggestions would be to speed up Windows search by limiting it to the local hard drive on your computer.
1. Restrict Windows search index to local disk
You can easily prevent web results from appearing in Windows Search by restricting Windows Search to your computer’s hard drive only. If that doesn’t work, try the registry fix.
Go to settings > Seek > Permissions & History and click Browsing Windows link in the right pane.
On the Windows Browse screen. scroll down and click Advanced search indexer settings.
On the next screen, click the Change Button.
On the Indexed Location screen, click Show all locations Button.
On the next screen, uncheck the box Internet Explorer history and choose yours hard disk.
Click on OK and allow Windows to rebuild the search index.
2. Disable web results in Windows Start menu search
Right click on the beginning click and click To run. In the Run Command window, type regedit and click OK.
On the Registry Editor screen, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search.
Right click on the Seek Folder and select New > DWORD (32-bit) option in the context menu.
Name the newly created DWORD as BingSearchEnabled and double click on it.
In the Edit DWORD pop-up window, make sure the Value data field is checked 0 and click OK.
Next, double click Cortana consent Entry.
In the Edit DWORD pop-up window, type the following 0 in the Value data box and click OK.
Note: If you don’t see CortanaConsent, create this entry using the steps used to create BingSearchEnabled.
After this registry change, your Windows 10 or 11 computer will no longer display search results from the Internet and all your searches in the Start menu search bar will be limited to your computer.
If necessary, you can always restore web search results by opening the registry editor and modifying it BingSearchEnabled and Cortana consent data values up to 1.
3. Prevent web suggestions in Windows Explorer using the registry
Right click on the beginning click and click To run. In the Run Command window, type regedit and click OK to open the registration edit screen.
On the Registry Editor screen, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows and create a new key by right-clicking Windows and choose New > button in the context menus.
Name the new key as researcher.
Next, right-click researcher choose New > DWORD value (32 bits). in the context menu. Name this newly created DWORD as “DisableSearchBoxSuggestions” and press the Enter Button.
Now double click on newly created Disable SearchBoxSuggestions DWORD.
In the popup, change the data value for Disable SearchBoxSuggestions to 1 and click OK.
Reboot your computer for the changes to apply.
After restarting the computer, use the search box and you will not find any web search results in the Windows search results.
If you want to see web suggestions, you can either delete Disable SearchBoxSuggestions DWORD or change the data value to 0.
Note: The steps above disable File Explorer search history for the current user account only. Other user accounts on your computer continue to display web search results.
To disable web search suggestions for other user accounts, you must log into each of those accounts and repeat the steps above.