How to Disable Web Search Results on Windows 11

If you run a search on your PC, web results appear by default. However, you can turn off web results on Windows 11 search. Here’s how.

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.

disable Web Search Results Windows 11

When you search from the Start menu or Search field on the taskbar, it displays local and web results by default.

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

How Do I Turn Off Web Results in Windows 11 Search?

The first method we’ll look at is using the Group Policy Editor (GPE) 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.

How to Disable Web Search Results Using GPE

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

turn off display recent search

  1. Click the Enabled option, then click OK at the bottom.

Enable Group Policy

  1. Exit the Group Policy Editor and restart Windows 11.

Restart windows 11

  1. 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.

web results gone from search

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.

Important: Modifying the Registry needs to be done carefully. If you enter an incorrect value, it can cause your system to become unstable or stop working altogether. Before you begin, make sure you manually back up the Registry, create a System Restore Point, a full system backup, or do all three. If something goes awry, you’ll be able to use one of those methods to restore your computer.

How to Turn Off Web Search Results in Windows 11 Home via Registry

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

Regedit windows 11

  1. Next, navigate to the following path—you can copy and paste it in the Registry Editor address bar:
  1. Right-click on the Windows key on the left, then select New > Key from the menu.

New Key Regedit

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

New DWORD Value

  1. Name the DWORD value as DisableSearchBoxSuggestions. Double-click on it, give it a Value data of 1, then click OK.

disable web search results on Windows 11

  1. Finally, exit the Registry Editor and restart Windows 11.

Shut Down Windows 11 Start Button

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

Receiving web search results while searching your PC can be annoying. So, if you want to limit your searches to photos, documents, and other important files. So, it’s posible to disable web search results in Windows 11 by following the above steps.

This is a quick and simple way to clean up the search experience and customize it to suit your needs.



  1. Dawn

    October 18, 2022 at 4:31 pm

    Why isn’t it possible to disable the inclusion of searching the web without losing the ability to have your recent searches displayed?

  2. Louise

    March 9, 2023 at 6:53 am

    Thank you so much! I’ve always hated this, but previously have been on a work computer with no access to edit the registry. Now I’m on my own laptop and have turned this off!
    I don’t understand why they can’t give you an option to swap between a local or global search – like Outlook allows you to easily flip between searching the current folder or whole inbox.

  3. Lucy

    May 18, 2023 at 9:32 am

    I don’t have Group Policy Editor or Registry Editor. Is there another way?

  4. Philipp

    November 19, 2023 at 3:13 am

    Restart of the explorer (kill all explorer instances and run a new instance) is sufficient. Alternatively, log off and log on should also work. Furthermore, the text in the last box should include “…\Explorer”.

  5. Andrew

    January 13, 2024 at 3:30 pm

    Thank you! I tried every other seemingly related GP setting…didn’t think “recent searches” would be relevant but alas Microsoft finds a way to make life a little more annoying.

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