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How to Disable Ads on Windows 11

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Microsoft has a habit of advertising its products throughout the Windows experience, but you can disable ads on Windows 11. Here’s how.

Like Windows 10, Microsoft includes ads for its products throughout the Windows experience on Windows 11. Luckily, you can take steps to disable ads on Windows 10, and the same holds for the new operating system (OS.)

Advertisements for Microsoft apps and services pop up throughout the Start menu, File Explorer, the Lock Screen, and within select built-in apps. The company advises these are meant to help optimize the OS.

You might wonder if Windows 11 has an ad blocker. While it doesn’t, it does allow you to disable native Microsoft ads. So, if you find them annoying, we’ll show you how to turn off ads throughout your Windows 11 experience in this guide. It’s important to note that if you continue to see ads after using this guide, they could be coming from your browser or adware infecting your system. Ensure you have Windows Security set for maximum protection and also to uninstall unneeded apps.

Disable Start Menu Ads on Windows 11

You might have noticed pinned Microsoft apps you didn’t install when you open the Start menu. But removing them is easy using the following steps.

  1. Right-click the Microsoft app you don’t want to see on the start menu.
  2. Select Uninstall from the menu that appears.uninstall app Start menu windows 11
  3. Click the Uninstall button when the verification message appears to complete the uninstall process.verify uninstall app start menu

Disable Ads in File Explorer

You might have noticed an offer for Microsoft’s cloud storage solution, OneDrive, when opening File Explorer. If so, use these steps to remove the native ads. If you aren’t on Windows 11 yet, you may want to disable File Explorer ads on Windows 10.

  1. Press Windows key + E to launch File Explorer.
  2. Click the three-dot button on the command bar and select Options from the menu that appears. file explorer Options
  3. Select the View tab at the top of the Folder Options window, uncheck the Show sync provider notifications option, and click Apply and OK.show sync providers option

Disable Ads from Windows 11 Lock Screen

Windows 10 and 11 lock screens have an annoying habit of displaying ads for Microsoft products and services. We’ve shown you how to disable lock screen ads on Windows 10, and you can do the same on Windows 11 using the following steps.

  1. Press Windows key + I to open the Settings app directly.
  2. Select the Personalization option in the left panel and click Lock screen from the right column.personalization lock screen windows 11
  3. Set the Personalize your lock screen option to Picture or Slideshow and uncheck the Get fun facts, tips, tricks, and more on your lock screen option under the Recent images section.disable ads lock screen windows 11

Turn Off Ad Recommendations from Windows Search

If you use the Windows 11 Search bar, you’ve undoubtedly come across games, trending videos, and other results in your experience that aren’t exactly beneficial for your actual query. Luckily, you can remove recommendations from Windows Search using the following steps.

  1. Press Windows key + I to open Settings.
  2. Select Privacy & security in the left panel and Search permissions from the right column.search permissions settings windows 11
  3. Scroll down the right column and toggle off the Show search highlights switch under the More settings section.more settings switch toggle off

Turn Off General Permissions

The general Windows permissions within the Settings app favor advertising. Turning off the permissions helps you to stop seeing ads throughout your Windows 11 experience.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select Privacy & security from the left column.
  3. Click the General option under the Windows permissions section.privacy general setting windows 11
  4. With fewer options enabled, you will experience fewer ads. So, toggle off all the options for the best results.toggle off general permissions windows 11

Disabling Ads on Windows 11

If you are tired of seeing Microsoft’s native ads and recommendations for its products throughout your Windows 11 experience, you can significantly reduce the amount you see by following the above steps.

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