How to Disable Web Search Results on Windows 11

If you run a search on Windows 11, you’ll see Bing search results appear. You can quickly turn off web search results on Windows 11 by following this guide.

Having trouble finding an important file? You can quickly search for files on Windows 11 using the Start menu or the search button on the taskbar. It’s a handy feature to have but, for some users, the search results they’ll see aren’t very helpful.

This is usually due to web results that Windows will add to a search. If you don’t want Bing web results to appear in your local search results on Windows 11, you can disable this option.

disable web search results windows 11

When you search from the Start menu or the Search field on the taskbar, both local and web results are displayed.

If you want to know how to turn off web search results on Windows 11, here’s what you’ll need to do.

How to Disable Web Search Results Using Group Policy Editor in Windows 11

The first method we will look at is to use the Group Policy Editor to disable web search results on Windows 11. This feature is only available to users running Windows 11 Pro, Education, or Enterprise. If you’re using Windows 11 Home, skip to the next section.

To disable web search results using GPE on Windows 11:

  1. Click it Start button or press the windows key on your keyboard.
  2. Type gpedit and click on the top result to open the Group Policy Editor.
  3. In the Group Policy Editor window, navigate to the following path:
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer
  1. Double click on the Disable display of recent search entries in File Explorer search box option.

turn off recent search display

  1. Click it Enabled option, then click Okay basically.

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  1. Exit Group Policy Editor and restart Windows 11.

Stop Windows 11 start button

  1. After restarting, log in to your PC and launch the search from the taskbar or start menu. When you search for an item, it will no longer show Bing web results.

web results removed from search

If you want to re-enable web search results, follow the above steps up to step 5. From there, select Not configured > OK and restart your PC.

How to Disable Web Search on Windows 11 via Registry

As we mentioned, the Group Policy Editor is limited to Windows 11 Pro, Education, and Enterprise users. If you’re using Windows 11 Home, you’ll need to edit the registry to prevent web results from showing.

Important Note: Editing the registry should be done with care. If you enter an incorrect value, your system may become unstable or stop working altogether. Before you begin, be sure to manually back up the registry, create a System restore pointa full system backup, or do all three. If something goes wrong, you can use one of these methods to restore your computer.

To disable web search results on Windows 11 Home using the registry, follow these steps:

  1. Click it Start button or press the Windows key and type regedit.
  2. Select the top Best match result to launch Registry Editor.

Regedit windows 11

  1. Next, navigate to the following path – you can copy and paste it into the address bar of Registry Editor:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindows
  1. Right click on the the Windows left softkey, then select New > Key from the menu.

New Regedit Key

  1. Name the key Explorer and knock Enter on your keyboard.
  2. Right click on the Explorer key you just created and select New > DWORD (32-bit) value.

explorer new dword value

  1. Name the DWORD value as Disable SearchBox Suggestions. Double click on it, give it a Value data from 1then click Okay.

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  1. Finally, exit the registry editor and restart Windows 11.

Stop Windows 11 start button

After restarting your system, log in again. When you search from the taskbar or start menu, web results no longer appear. If you want to revert it and enable web results, open Registry Editor and navigate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindows

Then delete the Disable SearchBox Suggestions key you created or give it a value of 0.

Customizing Windows 11 Search Results

If you want to limit your searches to photos, documents and other important files. then you can easily disable web search results on Windows 11 by following the steps above. This is a quick and easy way to clean up the search experience and customize it to suit your needs.

There are plenty of other ways to customize Windows 11 to your liking. For example, if you don’t like the centered taskbar, you can move Start to the left, or for a different look, you can try dark mode on Windows 11. It’s also worth noting that you can also disable the web search on windows 10.

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