Windows 10 Disable Web Search

GeekThis remains completely ad-free with zero trackers for your convenience and privacy. If you would like to support the site, please consider giving a small contribution at Buy Me a Coffee.

With the recent release of Windows 10 and a lot of changes with it, finding the settings you want may be difficult. In this post I’ll describe how to disable the Web Search settings that appear in the Start Menu.

First, to search from the start menu, all you have to do is start typing. There is no button inside the Start Menu to show a search bar. The task bar by default has a Search Bar that you can hide or make it show only an icon to start searching. Once you start searching you will notice Web results appearing along with Store Apps that Microsoft thinks you want installed. This may get annoying and disabling it took me a little while to find.

  1. Start searching for any thing from the start menu. You need the search results to appear.
  2. On the left side of the search results you will see a cog / gear icon. This will open the Search Settings pane.
  3. Toggle the open for “Search Online and Include Web Results” to disable it, or enable it if you want it on.

Disable Web Search Settings

Related Posts

Uninstall OneDrive from Windows 10 in 2017

Tutorial for how to correctly uninstall OneDrive from Windows 10 and remove all additional artifacts and OneDrive folders.

Fix Windows 10 Account Notification

Learn how to fix the annoying Windows account notification that appears inside of Windows 10 every time you turn on your computer.

Windows 10 Hide Search Bar

Learn how to hide the Windows 10 search bar located on the taskbar.

Reset Windows Screenshot Index

Learn how to reset the screenshot index inside of Windows back to one.