Windows Search has now come a long way since its early days. The feature now supports file indexing, instant searches, autocomplete, file type search, and much more. You can also search the web directly from Windows Search to find relevant results as well.
This can be a double-edged sword as web results can sometimes be a hindrance to the task at hand. If you are not a fan of Windows Search web results, here is how to get rid of them on your PC.
Can you officially disable web results in Windows Search?
No, you cannot officially disable web results in Windows Search. You can apply content filters to your results but the ability to disable them is not currently available in Windows 11.
However, you can use the solutions mentioned below to disable web results in Windows 11 on your PC. Follow any of the sections below based on your requirements to help you with the process.
Related: How to disable gadgets on Windows 11 (and Windows + W shortcut)
How to disable web results in Windows Search on Windows 11
Here’s how to disable web results in Windows Search on Windows 11. Let’s get started.
Method 1: Use the Group Policy Editor (GPO)
This is the recommended solution for users using Windows 11 Pro or higher.
Windows + RType the following and press
Now go to the next track using the left sidebar.
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer
Double click Turn off Show recent search entries in File Explorer search box.
Restart your computer and Windows Search web results should be disabled on your system now.
Method 2: Use the Registry Editor
You can also disable web results in Windows Search using the Registry Editor. This is the recommended method for most Windows 11 Home users.
Windows + RType the following and press
Enter on your keyboard.
Now go to the next track. You can also copy and paste the same into your address bar at the top.
now with windows Selected on your left, right-click on an empty area and select new. If you have a key called Explorer under Windows, you can skip the next step.
Choose a key.
key name explorer.
With explorer selected, right-click on an empty area again and select new.
Choose DWORD (32-bit) value.
The name of the new value DisableSearchBoxSuggestions.
Double click on the new value and set it value data: to
Close Registry Editor and restart your computer now. Once restarted, web results within Windows Search should be disabled.
Method 3: Using a third-party tool
You can also use a third-party tool to disable web results in Windows Search in Windows 11. This gives you the advantage of using additional tweaks and features by the third-party tool. We recommend that you use the download link above to download and install Winaero Tweaker on your computer. Once installed, follow the guide below to help you disable web results in Windows Search.
Open Winaero Tweaker and go to the left sidebar to find it Desktop and taskbar. Locate Disable web search under the same and click on it.
Check the box for Disable web search in taskbar and Cortana It’s on your right.
And that’s it! Web results in Windows Search will now be disabled on your computer.
How to restore Windows Search web search on Windows 11
If you want to restore Windows web search, you will need to undo changes made to your system depending on the method you used. If you are using the Registry Editor method, you will need to delete the created registry values.
If you are using Group Policy Editor, you will need to disable the enabled rules and restart your computer accordingly. Once your computer restarts, the tools should be enabled on your system.
How to filter content displayed in web results in Windows Search
If the above solutions aren’t your cup of tea, you can continue to receive web results in Windows Search with content filtering enabled. This will ensure that no sensitive or explicit content appears in Windows web search results. Follow the guide below to help you with the process.
Windows + i and click Privacy and security.
click Search for permissions.
Click firm under safe search.
And that’s it! All of your web results in Windows Search will now be redirected through the content filter.
questions and answers
Let’s answer some common queries you might have regarding disabling web results in the Windows 11 start menu.
Is it safe to remove web search from Windows search?
Unfortunately no. Removing Web Search may affect certain features and may disable the functionality of some. The most notable one is Cortana. If you use Microsoft Voice Assistant daily, you may want to keep disabling web results for now.
Will I need to disable web search again after installing feature updates?
No, since these changes are made to the Group Policy Editor and Registry Editor, you will not have to apply them again with Windows Updates on your computer.
However, in some cases, registration paths and values may change in the future. In such cases, you will have to disable web results again on your computer.
Can I completely remove Web Search from Windows Search?
No, there is currently no way to completely remove web search from Windows search. Web results seem to rely on background web rendering components that are vital to the functionality of many Windows 11 features.
Will removing Edge remove web results from Windows Search?
No, removing Edge will not remove web results from your Windows search on Windows 11.
We hope this post helped you to easily disable web results in Windows Search on your Windows 11 PC. If you face any issues or have any other questions, feel free to reach out to us using the comments section below.