How To Disable Web Search Results From Windows 11 Start Menu

While the Start menu got a major overhaul in Windows 11, the search function remains the same. You can press the Windows key, search for files, folders, and even take a look at web results. The problem is that Microsoft Bing powers search results and there is no way to change the search engine to Google. You have the option to disable web search results entirely from the Start menu. Here’s how.

There are two ways to disable web search results in the Windows Start menu. Let’s start.

Use Registry Editor

Using the Windows 11 registry editor, you can create a new registry that disables the web search feature in the Start menu. Here’s what you need to do.

Step 1: Press the Windows key and search for Registry Editor.

2nd step: Press the Enter key and open the application.

Step 3: Copy and paste the following path to quickly open the Windows menu.


Step 4: In the left sidebar, right-click Windows and select New.

Step 5: Click on the key, name it Explorerand press Enter.

Step 6: Right-click on Explorer, select New and choose “DWORD (32-bit) Value”.

Step 7: Rename the new registry key to Disable SearchBox Suggestions and press the Enter key.

Double click on the created registry and type 1 in the Value data area. Press OK and Windows will disable web search from the Start menu.

Close the application, click the Windows key and select the power button to restart the PC.

Use Group Policy Editor

Using the Group Policy Editor, you can disable web search results from the Start menu. This solution will not work for Windows 11 Home edition users. Follow the steps below.

Step 1: Right-click on the Windows button and select Run. You can also use Windows + R keys to access it.

2nd step: Type gpedit.msc and press OK at the bottom.

Step 3: The system will open the Local Group Policy Editor application.

Navigate to the following path in the application – User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer.

You need to double-click Windows Components in the left sidebar to expand the menu.

Step 4: Once you are in the File Explorer menu, locate “Turn off showing recent search entries in File Explorer”..’

Step 5: Double click on it. This will open the context menu for making changes.

Step 6: Click on Enabled and press the Apply button in the lower right corner of the window.

Restart your computer and try using Start menu search. You won’t see irrelevant web searches.

Enable SafeSearch in the Start menu

When you disable web search in the Windows 11 Start menu, you also lose benefits like the ability to translate words and convert currencies.

Many disable web search in the start menu to prevent their children from accidentally exposing adult search results on the web. Windows offers an option to enable a filter that removes adult results. Here’s how.

Step 1: Open the Windows Settings app (Windows keys + I).

2nd step: Go to the Privacy and Security menu.

Step 3: Select Search Permissions.

Step 4: Click Strict in the SafeSearch menu.

After enabling this option, Windows will not automatically load web results if they contain adult content. It’s the best of both worlds. You can still enjoy Bing Translate, Currency Converter, and more, and don’t worry about adult content appearing in search results.

Delete Start Menu Search History

To improve your search suggestions, Windows Search stores your search history locally on the computer. You can easily clear this search history from the computer. Here’s how.

Step 1: Launch Windows Settings and navigate to Privacy & Security.

2nd step: Select Search permissions and click the “Clear device search history” button.

Main search in the start menu

The overall web search results in the Start menu implementation could have been better. Although Microsoft has significantly improved Bing in the US, it’s not the same experience in other regions. Also, these Start menu web suggestions tend to clutter the search experience with offline files and folders in the results. Instead of helping users, web results prevent them from finding what they are looking for.

Disabling web search results from the Windows 11 Start menu also speeds up the search process on your computer. The Start menu no longer needs to filter the web to deliver results.

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