If you run a search on Windows 11, you’ll see Bing search results appear. You can quickly disable web search results on Windows 11 by following this guide.
Struggling to find an important file? You can quickly search for files on Windows 11 using the Start menu or taskbar search button. This is a handy feature to have but, for some users, the search results they’ll see aren’t hugely useful.
This is usually because of the web results that Windows will add to a search. If you don’t want web results from Bing to appear in your local search results on Windows 11, you can switch this off.
If you want to know how to disable web search results on Windows 11, here’s what you’ll need to do.
How to Disable Web Search Results Using the Group Policy Editor on Windows 11
The first method we’ll look at is using the Group Policy Editor to disable web search results on Windows 11. This feature is only available for users running Windows 11 Pro, Education, or Enterprise. If you’re running Windows 11 Home, skip to the next section.
To disable web search results using the GPE on Windows 11:
- Click the Start button or press the Windows key on your keyboard.
- Type gpedit and click the top result to open Group Policy Editor.
- In the Group Policy Editor window, navigate to the following path:
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer
- Double-click on the Turn off display of recent search entries in the File Explorer search box option.
- Click the Enabled option, then click OK at the bottom.
- Exit the Group Policy Editor and restart Windows 11.
- After the restart, log into your PC and launch Search from the taskbar or Start menu. When you search for an item, it will no longer display web results from Bing.
If you want to reenable web search results, follow the steps above up to step 5. From there, select Not Configured > OK and restart your PC.
How to Disable Web Search on Windows 11 via the Registry
As we’ve mentioned, the Group Policy Editor is restricted to Windows 11 Pro, Education, and Enterprise users. If you’re running Windows 11 Home, you’ll need to modify the Registry to stop web results from appearing.
To disable web search results on Windows 11 Home using the Registry, follow these steps:
- Click the Start button or press the Windows key and type regedit.
- Select the top Best match result to launch the Registry Editor.
- Next, navigate to the following path—you can copy and paste it in the Registry Editor address bar:
- Right-click on the Windows key on the left, then select New > Key from the menu.
- Name the key Explorer and hit Enter on your keyboard.
- Right-click on the Explorer key you just created and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Name the DWORD value as DisableSearchBoxSuggestions. Double-click on it, give it a Value data of 1, then click OK.
- Finally, exit the Registry Editor and restart Windows 11.
After you restart your system, log back in again. When you search from the taskbar or Start menu, web results will no longer display. If you want to change it back and enable web results, open the Registry Editor and go to:
Then delete the DisableSearchBoxSuggestions 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 simple way to clean up the search experience and customize it to suit your needs.
There are plenty of other ways you can customize Windows 11 to suit you. For example, if you don’t like the centered taskbar, you can move Start to the left, or for a different look, you could give dark mode on Windows 11 a try. It’s also worth noting that you can disable web search on Windows 10, too.