I want to know how to disable Web Search on the Windows 10 Start Menu. I still want to be able to search Apps, Programs and Files, but I think that searching the web is really bogging it down, and I only search the web with my Browser anyways.



Sadly, the approach listed in magicandre1981's answer no longer works. In fact, it's almost like Microsoft is fighting an arms race with users, progressively making it harder and harder to disable this feature.

This page says you can disable this via gpedit.exe, but doing that doesn't completely disable it.

This page lists a series of different ways (including gpedit.exe and regedit.exe) which would all seem to have worked at some stage, but now the only one that completely shuts it down is the last one: Fighting it at the Windows Firewall level. And you have to read the fine print of that page to see that originally you blocked outbound connections from a predefined rule called "Search" but that rule doesn't exist anymore and you have to look for the "Cortana" rule instead. So:

  1. In the search box, type firewall and then select Windows Defender Firewall from the resulting list
  2. Click Advanced Settings
  3. Click Outbound Rules on the left-hand side
  4. Click the Name header to sort the rules alphabetically
  5. Depending on your build of Windows 10, find either the Search or Cortana rules. (In my case, there were two Cortana rules.)
  6. Click the rule (Search or Cortana).
  7. On the right-hand side, click Properties
  8. In the resulting dialog box, under Action, choose Block the connection

Of course, if you block Cortana, Cortana can't search the web for you anymore even when you specifically want it to.

Stupid Microsoft. Does it not occur to them that if people want to turn off search-the-web-from-the-search-box, that's their business?! Should have left the blasted setting there.

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Open the search setting (this little gear symbol in search) and in the option disable the option "Search online and include web results"

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  • Thanks! How were you able to find it? What keywords did you use? – Lawful Lazy Dec 6 '15 at 16:43
  • I did a google search for "disable web results in windows 10 search" and found this howtogeek guide. – magicandre1981 Dec 6 '15 at 18:41
  • Does it work for you? Were you able to turn off the setting? – magicandre1981 Dec 8 '15 at 18:31

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