Turn off “Search the Web” results in Windows 11

On Windows 11, you may use the Start menu or the search button on the taskbar to find files fast. This is a useful tool, however the search results that some users will view aren’t really useful.

This is mainly due to Windows’ addition of web results to a search. You can turn this off if you don’t want Bing site results to appear in your local search results on Windows 11.

Disable Search the Web on Windows 11

Group Policy Editor

Type gpedit on your Windows search bar.

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.

Select Enabled and press Apply then OK.

Exit Group Policy Editor and restart your desktop to apply your changes.

Follow the instructions above until you reach step 5 to re-enable web search results. Select Not Configured and click OK and restart your computer.

Registry Option

Type in regedit in your Windows search bar.

Copy and paste the following path in the Registry Editor address bar:

Right-click on Windows and select New then Key.

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.

Restart your desktop to have your changes applied.


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