Disable Bing in Windows 10 Start Menu

By default, Windows 10 sends everything you search for in the Start menu to its servers to give you Bing search results – so make sure you don’t type anything private into your own PC’s Start menu. You can also disable Bing integration from the Start menu.

It’s worth noting that Android’s and even iOS’ standard search will also send your search results to their servers to try and get more relevant results – but somehow it looks different when you’re sitting on your PC in your house and trying search your personal files.

We’re glad they added a way to easily disable web integration – keep in mind that if you want to use Cortana, you can’t choose whether the Start menu uses Bing, so you’ll need to disable Cortana to disable web integration .

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Starting with the Windows 10 May 2020 Update, a new registry setting helps control this option. You must edit the Windows registry to disable web searches in the Start menu.

To get started, open the Registry Editor by clicking Start and typing “regedit” in the search bar. Double-click the “Registry Editor” shortcut that appears (or press Enter) and click “Yes” at the UAC prompt.

Start menu search with arrows pointing to regedit search and registry editor result.

Navigate to the next key using the left pane. You can also copy and paste the following address into the address bar of the registry editor and press Enter:

ComputerHKEY_CURRENT_USERSOFTWAREPolicyMicrosoftWindowsExplorer

Show Explorer Subkey in Registry Editor

Create a new DWORD value by right-clicking in the empty space in the right pane and choosing New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Creating a DWORD in the Registry Editor

Name the value “DisableSearchBoxSuggestions”. Double click on it and set the value data to “1”.

Disable Bing Search from the start menu via the registry

You will need to restart your computer, log out and log back in, or at least restart Windows Explorer for your change to take effect.

Download our One-Click Registry Edit for the May 2020 Update

If you don’t feel like editing the registry yourself, we’ve created two downloadable files for you to use. The first file disables Internet searching from the Start menu, and the other file enables Internet searching again. Both are included in the following zip file and each works simply by changing the values ​​we showed above. Double click on the one you want and follow the instructions.

Download Disable Bing from the start menu hacks

To get started, open the Registry Editor by opening the Start menu, typing “regedit” and pressing Enter. In the Registry Editor, use the left sidebar to navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionSearch

Registry editor with search key box

Right-click the Search icon and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the new value BingSearchEnabled.

Registry Editor with box around BingSearchEnabled DWORD.

Double-click the new BingSearchEnabled value to open the properties window. The number in the ‘Value data’ box should already be 0 – make sure it’s still 0. Click OK to continue.

DWORD Properties dialog box with a box around the value and an arrow pointing to the OK button.

Under BingSearchEnabled you should see CortanaConsent. Double click on this value to open the properties window. Replace the “Value data” box with “0”.

If you don’t see CortanaConsent, create it using the same steps used to create BingSearchEnabled.

The Registry Editor with the box around the CortanaConsent DWORD.

You can now close the registry editor. If you search your start menu, you will now only see local results. If the change does not take effect immediately, restart your PC.

Windows 10 Desktop with Start Menu Search and no Bing Web Results

To retrieve search results on the web, all you need to do is open the registry editor and set the BingSearchEnabled and CortanaConsent values ​​back to 1.

File explorer with registry files.

You can also perform this registry hack instead. The change should be immediate – if not and you still see Bing results in your Start menu, restart your PC.

Download replacement files for web search (older versions of Windows 10 only)

Fortunately, it is very easy to disable Bing. All you need to do is go to Cortana’s search settings screen. The easiest way to do this is to type “Cortana Settings” in the start menu and choose the “Cortana and Search Settings” item.

“Cortana and Search Settings” option in the Windows 10 Start menu

The settings dialog will then appear and its appearance will depend on whether you have already disabled Cortana or not.

If you want to disable the Bing integration, you’ll also need to disable Cortana, so set this switch to Off.

Old Start menu option to disable Cortana on Windows 10

Now that you’ve disabled Cortana, the rest of the dialog box will change and you’ll see an option for “Include online search and web results,” which you’ll want to disable as well — this is how you actually disable Bing in the Startup menu.

The option to disable web search results in the original version of Windows 10

Now when you search for something, the search will only be performed on your own PC.

Search in Windows 10 Start menu only shows local results

Note that the menu is now clean and says “Search my stuff” instead of “Search the web”.

Note that if you want to disable the taskbar search box, you need to right click on it and choose the Hidden option.

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