How to turn off Internet search results in Windows 11

This tutorial will show you how to turn off Internet search results in Windows 11. Using built-in search in Windows 11 provides not only local results, but also web search results, with Windows 11 using Bing as the default search engine.

You may be not a fan of Bing, or you may prefer to keep online and offline search data separately. So you can turn Internet search results off. After that, you will only search for information on the Internet through a browser.

While the Windows 11 Settings app has an option to turn off cloud-based internet search, it doesn’t affect System Search, which will continue to use Bing.

To turn off web search results from the Start menu, you must either change an option in the local group policy or apply a registry tweak.

Let’s start with the local group policy method first.

Turn off Internet search in Windows 11

To completely turn off Internet search results in Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Launch the gpedit.msc app from the Run tool (⊞ Win + R ).Launch the gpedit.msc app
  2. Go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer.
  3. In the right list of options, find the one named Turn off display of recent search entries in the File Explorer search box.Turn off display of recent search entries in the File Explorer search box
  4. Open the policy and select Enabled on the left.Turn off Internet search in Windows 11
  5. Now click the OK button to apply, and restart Windows 11.

You no longer have web contents in the Windows 11 search.

But Windows 11 Home Edition does not have the gpedit.msc tool, so you will have to use the Registry Editor to disable web search.

Disable Web Search in the Registry Editor

  1. Run the regedit command.
  2. Expand the left folder tree to this branch: HKCU \ Software \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Explorer. If the latter portion is missing on your computer, create it yourself.
  3. In the last subsection, create a new DWORD parameter named DisableSearchBoxSuggestions.Disable Web Search in the Registry Editor
  4. Now set its value to 1.

The new settings will take effect after restarting the computer.

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Author: The MFTNEXT Team

The MSFTNEXT project is a small team of authors who love to engage with the latest technology and gadgets. Being passionate Windows bloggers, we are happy to help others fix their system issues.

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