Windows 10 comes with a new feature called "Cortana". It is a digital assistant which is integrated with Windows 10. Windows 10 has a search box in the taskbar, which can be used to launch Cortana and perform the search by keyboard or by voice. Once you type something in the search box on the Windows 10 taskbar, search results show but web search results are mixed with local search results, Store apps and content from Bing. If you would like to disable internet and Store apps being searched from the taskbar, here is how to turn it off.
Update #3: In Windows 10 version 1803, the tweaks mentioned below may not work. If you are affected by this issue, apply the following Registry tweak:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search] „BingSearchEnabled“=dword:00000000 „AllowSearchToUseLocation“=dword:00000000 „CortanaConsent“=dword:00000000
Update #2: In Windows 10 version 1607 the option to disable Web Search and Cortana was removed again!
You can disable it quickly with the following Registry tweak:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search] "AllowCortana"=dword:00000000 "DisableWebSearch"=dword:00000001
Update #1: In Windows 10 version 1511, there is an option in Cortana preferences, which will allow you to disable the Web search in taskbar.
To disable it, do the following:
- Click the Search box in the taskbar. The Cortana pane will appear on the screen:
- Click the gear icon to open its settings:
- Turn off the option "Search online and include web results" as shown above.
That's it. This will disable web search in the Windows 10 taskbar:
The alternative way using Group Policy is described below.
To disable Bing search and Store apps from showing up in the search results in the Windows 10 taskbar, you need to do the following:
- Press Win + R shortcut keys together on the keyboard to open the Run dialog. In the Run box, type the following:
- Go to the following path:
Computer Configuration->Administrative Templates->Windows Components->Search
- Enable the following Group Policies:
- Do not allow web search
- Don't search the web or display web results in Search
The search will work without any lags and much faster than before. The search pane will also open instantly. A side effect of this change is that Cortana will not work anymore: