How to prevent Windows 10 from delivering web search results when using Cortana

How to disable Bing search in the Windows 10 Start menu
How to disable Bing search in the Windows 10 Start menu

When you are on the look for a document you have been working on, trying to launch an app, or looking for a particular PC setting, you can quickly click the new search box in the taskbar to start a search. However, as soon as you start typing, Cortana pops up, and you'll start getting different grouped results, including (sometimes unnecessary) web data

While certain web results can be helpful, they are not always necessary, because we tend to use search in Windows to find local documents, settings, and apps, and we leave the online searches as a task for the web browser. Also, these web results powered by Bing seem to get more priority, pushing your local stuff to the bottom of the list, which makes the experience a little inconsistent.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll show you the easy steps to prevent the operating system from serving web results when you do a search on your computer.

How to disable web results on Windows 10

  1. Click to open the search box in the taskbar.
  2. Click the Notebook icon.
  3. Click Settings from the list of options.Note: On Windows 10 build 14316 and later versions the Settings button to access Cortana setting may appear outside of Notebook in the navigation pane on the left.
  4. On the Settings page, turn off the Cortana can give me suggestions, ideas, reminders, alerts and more option.
  5. After disabling Cortana, turn off the Search online and include web results option.

You will now notice that the search box in the taskbar no longer says "Ask me anything," instead, it reads "Search Windows," indicating that you have completed the task. Try to do a search one more time, and this time, you'll see that search results will no longer appear.

In the case you need a more advanced search experience, type your search query, and click the Search my stuff button. In the advanced search section, you can sort results by relevance or time, and you can limit the result to a particular category (e.g., Documents, Settings, apps, etc.).

If your concern is Cortana displaying Bing results, then you can use our previous guide with the instructions to force the assistant to use Google to get online results.

Keep in mind that stopping web results from showing up in the taskbar search box will also turn off Cortana in your system, which means that you'll have to make the decision of which experience is more important to you.

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Mauro Huculak

Mauro Huculak is technical writer for His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.