In Windows 10, this is how my search looks:

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How to remove the "Trending searches"? It is annoying.

I'm using 22H2 version of Windows 10.

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    Right-click on the taskbar, click Search. Uncheck Show search highlights. Commented Nov 6, 2022 at 14:02
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    @ReddyLutonadio nah. It's already off. Commented Nov 6, 2022 at 17:14

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none of these answers worked for me but this one: https://winaero.com/disable-web-search-in-windows-10-taskbar/

  1. open registry editor (type regedit on the search box then hit enter)

  2. navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

  3. create "Explorer" under "Windows" (right click "Windows" -> new -> Key)

  4. create DWORD value under "Explorer" called "DisableSearchBoxSuggestions" (right click "Explorer" -> new -> DWORD (32 bit) Value)

  5. assign value of 1 to this newly created value (double click "DisableSearchBoxSuggestions" then type 1 in the "value data:" box. make sure Hexadecimal is selected and click "OK")

restart the PC and now annoying trending search section is gone!

  • This worked fine for me, Win 10 22H2, Feb 2023. It also removed "Microsoft Rewards" medal icon aside my account in the search bar though (not a problem for me).
    – hexaae
    Commented Feb 5, 2023 at 7:46
  • Not a problem for my use case but this fully disables searching the web from the search bar. Thank god though because I hate edge
    – mrblue6
    Commented Apr 27, 2023 at 17:10
  • Too bad my corporate GPO won't let me add that new key. :(
    – RonJohn
    Commented May 8, 2023 at 14:48
  • 1. Worked perfectly. 2. Didn't have to scroll through dozens of confusing and contradictory threads (which was what I got from a Microsoft answer to this question). Thank you!
    – Dave Land
    Commented May 15, 2023 at 6:02

In previous windows versions, disabling web results from search did the trick. I cannot test it on Win22H2, but it's worth a try. This will of course turn off the web search results when you're searching for something in the menu as well.

I prefer the registry way of doing this. It might require a restart of your computer:

1 - navigate to


2 - Set dword value to 0 to disable web search (or set to 1 to enable):

BingSearchEnabled: 0

I have found no way to turn off the trending search that shows in the search box. Turning off "Show search highlights" does not remove it on my computer. I have toggled it several times rebooted in between and trending searches is always there.


AFAICT there is no way to disable it within the options. I've been trying to remove it myself, I find it extremely annoying/distracting

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    This is just a false answer, Show search highlights disables the behavior the author asked about, I verified it myself.
    – Ramhound
    Commented Nov 13, 2022 at 4:39
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    @Ramhound Turning off "Show search highlights" didn't disable "Trending searches" for me. Commented Nov 13, 2022 at 10:06
  • It did for me 21H2 here…
    – Ramhound
    Commented Nov 13, 2022 at 12:24
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    I'm specifically referring to the "Trending Searches" feature; search highlights as far as I can see is just to turn off the event specific highlights, like when there is a sports tournament or a holiday 🤷🏻‍♂️ But wouldn't surprise me if this behavior varied between versions.
    – tobydog
    Commented Nov 14, 2022 at 5:43
  • @Ramhound I'm using 22H2. Commented Nov 17, 2022 at 0:53

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