How to disable web search in Windows 10 completely

In addition to the available native search, Microsoft has integrated web search into the Windows 8.1 which is not available in the previous editions. If you are connected to the internet and you search for anything on your Windows PC, then web search results will be displayed automatically. Web search option is also continued with Windows 10 and here Microsoft’s personal assistant Cortana leads the flag.

Some users may be comfortable with the web results that are displaying additionally even when they are not looking forward for them. But some users are not convinced about this, because this consumes data unnecessarily by your system to retrieve the web search results. If you don’t want web search to display the results, you can disable it from completely being displayed in Windows 10.

 How to disable web search in Windows 10

  • Press Win+R keys to launch RUN dialog box and type gpedit.msc and press enter to open Local Group Policy Editor.
  • Now in the left side pane navigate to
    Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Search


  • Now in the right side window scroll down to find Do not allow web search and Don’t search the web or display web results in search. By default both the these settings are Not Configured, double click any of the setting.


  • This will open above show window and here select Enabled option and click on Apply and on OK for the changes to apply. Follow the same method to enable the other setting. Now exit from the Local Group Policy Editor and restart your computer for the changes to take place. Now you can find that the web results are no longer displayed.

If you want to enable back the web search results, just restore both policies you have configured to the Not Configured status.

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