How to disable web search in the Windows 10 taskbar

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


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]

That's it!

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:

  1. Click the Search box in the taskbar. The Cortana pane will appear on the screen:Cortana pane
  2. Click the gear icon to open its settings:Cortana settings
  3. 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:

Windows 10 web search disabled

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:

  1. Press Win + R shortcut keys together on the keyboard to open the Run dialog. In the Run box, type the following:

    windows 10 gpedit

  2. Go to the following path:
    Computer Configuration->Administrative Templates->Windows Components->Search
  3. Enable the following Group Policies:
    • Do not allow web search
    • Don't search the web or display web results in Search

windows 10 disable web search in taskbarwindows 10 disable internet search in taskbar

Once you have done this, you need to reboot your PC. After the reboot, the search box in the taskbar will be limited to local results only:windows 10 local search in taskbar

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:

windows 10 cortana disabledPersonally, I never used Cortana, so for me it is not an issue.
That's it.

7 thoughts on “How to disable web search in the Windows 10 taskbar

  1. Silverio Vicente

    How do we do this for the Home Insider Preview?

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Well, there must be the appropriate registry tweak.
      I will add to the article.

  2. Arturo

    Hi, I’m getting an error every time I click the windows menu: COM Surrogate has stopped working after disabling the online search, how can I fix it?

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  4. Armond

    Seams it’s no longer possible to disable web search in Windows 10 build 17133? Even setting the options via group policy doesn’t work.
    Any idea?

  5. C

    In build 1903 part of this tweak („BingSearchEnabled“=dword:00000000) causes search to stop working entirely – until a fix is found it should probably be noted somewhere or removed.

    It’s really annoying as this is one of the best tweaks in the app!

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      It is something new/unexpected behavior.
      Prior to 1903, it had no side effects. I need to check and reproduce this.


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