In this post, we will show you how to use the Start Menu Search Features in Windows 11 and Windows 10. But if you do not use it, you can Turn off or Disable ‘Search the Web‘ and ‘Web Links in Search‘ on Windows 11/10 using Registry or Group Policy Editor. The earlier method does not work; you need to follow this post if you wish to learn how to use or disable Bing Search in the Start Menu of Windows 11 or Windows 10 v2004 and later.
In this post, I am also sharing some of the important features that you should know and use when searching from the Start Menu. The Start menu has a few features which depend on the server, and if you arent seeing them right away, Microsoft is still turning them on for all computers. For your information, you should know that Windows 10 has a search box in the Taskbar as well, whereas Windows 11 does not.
How to use Windows Start Menu Search Box
When you click on the search box or use Win+S, you get the Enhanced search box, which offers two features upfront. Quick access to Top apps and quick searches. The latter include weather, news, market, and so on. Here is the list of features included:
- Timeline Integration
- Spell Correction
- Related Searches.
As of now, there is no direct option to hide or remove parts of the user interface. We will have to rely on Registry changes or Group Policy settings to remove them or change their behavior partly.
Right in the middle of the Start Menu Search, notice the listing of five recent activities from the TimeLine. You can also click on Manage in Timeline to review and remove any of the recent activities right away.
Improved spell correction for Apps & Settings searches make sure typoes also return matching results. Available for English as of now. So if you type PINT instead of PAINT, it will still show Paint in the Taskbar search result.
Apart from offering the Best match result, Microsoft has worked on adding related search results. If the algorithm thinks that the Best match result isn’t an exact match for your search, a “Related:” line will be included below the result to help clarify why this result is appearing.
How to Disable Bing Search results in Start Menu of Windows
If you want to completely disable Bing Search in Windows 11/10 Start Menu i.e. and remove the See web results section under the Search the web, it is possible, you can use the Group Policy or Registry Editor.
Follow these steps on Windows 11 and Windows 10 v2004 and later. Do note that your User Account has to be a member of the Administrator group.
Using Registry Editor
Open Registry Editor
Find or if you do not see it then create DisableSearchBoxSuggestions DWORD 32-bit
Set the value to 1
Restart the computer.
Now when you search for a keyword that can find results on the web, it will not be there at all. From all the types of Search, notice that the Web section will be missing. However, there can be a couple of drawbacks.
- Bing-related features like Weather, Stock prices, Currency conversion, and other one-click features will not be available anymore.
- File Explorer will not show suggestion pop-ups as users type into the Search Box.
- Recent searches will not show anymore as they will not be stored.
Using Group Policy Editor
If your version has the Group Policy, you can also follow this method.
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer
Find the policy that says and double-click on it to open its Properties box:
- Turn off display of recent search
Select Enabled > Apply > OK and restart the computer.
The Turn off display of recent search policy states:
Disables suggesting recent queries for the Search Box and prevents entries into the Search Box from being stored in the registry for future references. File Explorer shows suggestion pop-ups as users type into the Search Box. These suggestions are based on their past entries into the Search Box. If you enable this policy, File Explorer will not show suggestion pop-ups as users type into the Search Box, and it will not store Search Box entries into the registry for future references. If the user types a property, values that match this property will be shown but no data will be saved in the registry or re-shown on subsequent uses of the search box.
This worked for me and I am sure that it will work for you too on Windows 11.
PS: Cortana is now a regular Store app. Here’s how you can enable or disable Cortana and prevent it from auto-starting with Windows at startup.