How to Turn “Web Search” On or Off in Skype on Windows 11

Turn Skype Web Searcon on or off on Windows 11

This article explains how to turn “Web search,” “Web search history,” and “Trending searches” on or off in Skype on Windows 11.

Skype is a popular video chat and messaging application by Microsoft. It allows users to make voice and video calls, send instant messages, and share files with other Skype users for free over the internet.

One can configure many settings with Skype, including stopping and starting background servicesdisabling auto start-ups, turning Global hotkeys on or off, and more.

Another setting one can configure is to turn “Web search,” including “Web search history” and “Trending searches,” on or off.

This feature uses Bing Search in Windows to search for relevant information on the web from Skype. If you turn this feature on, Skype uses Bing to search the web for information related to your conversations or searches. By turning it off, you can prevent Skype from collecting web search history or displaying trending searches.

This can be useful for privacy reasons or if you simply don’t want to see web search results while using Skype. On the other hand, turning it on can be helpful if you want to quickly search for something related to your conversation or general information without switching to a web browser.

Turn “Web search history” and “Trending searches” on or off in Skype

As mentioned, users can control their privacy by turning on or off “Web search” in the Skype app. If you simply don’t want to see web search results while using Skype, you can turn it off.

Turn it on if you want to search for something from the web using Bing search related to your conversation.

Here’s how to do it.

First, launch the app by clicking the Start menu and selecting it on the All Apps list.

Turn global hotkeys on or off in Skype

You can also launch the app from the Taskbar or Taskbar overflow.

Turn global hotkeys on or off in Skype

Click the Settings and more ( …) button in the Skype window next to your profile picture and select Settings on the menu.

Turn global hotkeys on or off in Skype

On the Settings page, select the General tab on the left. On the right, under “WEB SEARCH,” toggle the button for the two features below to the On positions to enable them:

  • Web search history: On/Off
  • Trending searches On/Off

To disable them, toggle the switch button to the Off position.

Turn Skype Web Search on or off on Windows 11

Exit the Skype app when you are done.

That should do it!


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