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How to Disable Web Search Suggestions on Windows 10

Microsoft includes web search results when you search the Start menu or Taskbar search. But if you don’t want Bing web results displayed you can disable it.

On Windows 10 the Search feature has been transformed into something that’s more than just a way to lookup apps and files. It also includes search results from the web. But you might not want Windows Search to display web results. You can get rid of that by hacking the Registry. You can do this starting with Windows 10 version 2004 May 2020 Update and above.

Note: This option requires editing the Registry which can cause stability issues if you do something wrong. Playing around in the Registry isn’t for the faint of heart. Before proceeding make sure you back up your system first.

Disable Web Search Suggestions

To get started open the Registry by hitting Windows Key + R on your keyboard and type: regedit and hit Enter.

Next, head to the following path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

Now right-click on the Windows key and choose New > Key.

Next, name that key to Explorer and press Enter.

Right-click the newly created Explorer key and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Name that key DisableSearchBoxSuggestions and hit Enter. Double-click the newly created DWORD and set the value from 0 to 1. Click OK and restart your PC. You have to restart the system for the changes to go into effect.

Once you get back from the restart when you search for anything through the Start menu, you’ll no longer see any results from Bing. Also, search for local content should improve since you are no longer getting web results mixed in with your search queries.

If you want to change it back and add web results again, go back and change the DWORD value for DisableSearchBoxSuggestions to 0 or delete the keys you created originally.

That’s all there is to it. Now you will no longer get web results for Windows Search in the Start menu. Or, the Search box in the taskbar.

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