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How To Remove/Disable Web Search From Windows 10

Microsoft has been improving Bing search for quite a while. I almost sometimes consider giving it a second try. Likewise, it’s been improving Internet Explorer to match the performance of other more popular browsers. Windows 10 will come with a nice new version of Internet Explorer and for those familiar with the new Search feature, Bing will be the one and only search provider that you can use to search the web from the Search bar. The Search bar in Windows 10 combines local search and web search. Where it’s annoying enough that you can’t use something other than Bing, it’s also annoying that you can’t easily opt out of web search and web results and have it run local search only. We say there is no easy way to opt out of it so that means there is a way to opt out. Here’s how.

Open Control panel, take a minute to admire the new look and then search for Group Policy, select the option to Edit Group Policy to open the Local Group Policy Editor. Alternatively, you can use the search feature to find the option. The feature is split into two sections; Computer Configuration, and User Configuration. You’re going to be concerned with the Computer Configuration section. Select Administrative Templates>Windows Components>Search.

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Next you need to find these two policies; Do not allow web search, and Don’t search the web or display web results in Search. Enable both of them. To enable a policy, right click it and select Edit. In the policy editing window, select the Enable option, click Apply and close it.

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When you now use the Search bar, the search will only be done locally, and only local results will be shown. There should definitely be an easier or more precisely a more obvious way to disabling web search. It isn’t something that Windows users are accustomed to so where Microsoft is attempting to warm us up to new features, it should consider adding an opt-out ‘Nope’ button in case we don’t like something. Disabling web search will make the search feature itself faster and that alone is a good reason to disable it.

25 Comments

  1. Any suggestions for when there is no “search” folder under Windows Components? I have 15 folders and none of them says “search”.

  2. Maybe here you talk about an older version of W10. In mine version you just have to open the search window, go and click on the setting’s three bars and just disable Cortana. This action stops Cortana AND web search, but don’t ask me why đŸ˜€

  3. Thanks much to all who posted possible solutions. As some have noted, not all these solutions work, depending on your Windows 10 build. Ravi’s solution is the one that worked for me.

  4. click in search box given on taskbar and on the left side menu click on setting icon and then Set “Search online and include results” to off. Now you can search in your windows only. As I did

  5. Thanks so much. Win !) is bugging me in many ways, but this was one of the most annoying features. I use the search bar to search for my own documents. If I wanted the Web, I’d use a browser!

  6. hears how to do it on the new build 10074

    step 1 hit properties on task bar

    step 2 hit toolbars where its says search on the taskbar check disabled done enjoy

    • That merely removes the search bar from the task bar– it doesn’t stop the OS from using Bing when you search the start menu.

  7. Unfortunately I cannot open the policy editor in Win 10 (x64), build 10074. It shows an error about gpedit.msc not existing or being incompatible. I’ve tried doing this through the registry but no luck there either. Any tips other than being patient?

  8. Thank you for finding this fix. I just want to search my computer and see absolutely no reason to search the web everytime I enter something into the search box. Windows 8.1 allowed users to turn off automatic web search in the search settings themselves, and hopefully that feature will return to Windows 10.

  9. I really hope they listen to some of the highest rate feedback on the network and allow you to change the default search provider or turn this off (not using GPE). But I doubt it.

    They really want to subsidize Windows by driving web and ad traffic to Bing.

    • Not mention the privacy aspect of such idea of search widget working on both sources – Internet and local for any entered inquiries.

    • Subsidize I think isn’t the word, but perhaps revenue source would suffice. This is just like the active probing registry hack they made that causes the Bing web page to magically appear in your default browser periodically. That way they can tout all the web hits.

    • There’s no way they will. THIS is why windows 10 was free. they want to generate revenue by internets, and the enterprise edition will be rented.

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