How to Disable Bing Web Search Suggestions on Start menu in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to disable Bing web search suggestions on the Start menu in Windows 11. When you search in Windows, and the keyword doesn’t match content on the local machine, you will get a list of web results suggestions from Bing.

This might be useful for some, but for others, it’s distracting and not very helpful when searching for local content. It also doesn’t look good on the Start menu when searching for content.

Windows does not provide an easy way to turn it off. If you need to disable Bing search suggestions from the web, you’ll need to use group policy editor or Windows registry.

Below is how one can disable Bing search results suggestions in Windows 11 Start menu or the search box.

How to disable web search results suggestions in Windows 11

As mentioned above, when you search in Windows, and the keyword doesn’t match content on the local machine, you will get a list of web results suggestions from Bing in the Start menu or Windows Search box.

If you don’t want to get suggestions from Bing on the Start menu or Windows Search, then the steps below show you how to turn it off. There’s no easy way to disable this feature, except by using the local group policy editor or Windows registry.

Using Local Group Policy Editor:

The quickest way to disable web search result suggestions in Windows 11 is using the local group policy editor.

Open the Windows group policy editor by going to the Start menu and searching for “Edit group policy” and select to open.

windows 11 edit group policy

Once the policy editor opens, browse to the path below:

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer

On the right pane, locate the policy item “Turn off display of recent search entries in the File Explorer search box” and select, the double-click to open.

windows 11 turn off recent search entries in file

When the policy item opens, select Enabled to disable search suggestions from Bing on the Start menu or Search box.

windows 11 turn off recent search entries enabled to disable

Exit and restart your computer for the changes to apply.

Using Windows Registry:

To use Windows registry to disable web search suggestions, open the Registry editor.

registry editor in windows 11

When the registry editor opens, browse to the path below:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

Next, right-click the Windows key, select the New menu and choose the Key.

windows 11 explorer registry new key

Name the key Explorer and press Enter. Right-click the newly created key (Explorer) and select the New, then choose the DWORD (32-bit) Value.

windows 11 new explorer key dword

Name the DWORD DisableSearchBoxSuggestions and press Enter. Double-click the newly created key and change its value from 0 to 1.

dword value change windows 11

Click OK the save. Exit and restart your computer.

That should do it

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to disable Bing web search suggestions in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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