Windows 10: How can I stop Windows Search from searching the web?

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  1. ship69 Win User

    How can I stop Windows Search from searching the web?


    Hello

    How can I stop Windows Searching (on the task bar) from searching the Internet?

    Or at least stop it from doing so by default! If I want to search the Web/Internet, then I would use a browser...
    [What an idiotic default, no?]

    I don't want Cortana listening to my voice (i.e. spying on me) either.

    Thanks

    J

    :)
     
    ship69, Nov 17, 2020
    #1
  2. Anne Ros Win User

    Turn Off Web Search Results When Searching My Computer

    Hi,

    If you are pertaining to the Cortana search web results, you can disable it and improve local search results. Follow the steps below to disable web results:

    • Click the search bar.
    • Select the Notebook icon on the left pane of the search bar.
    • From the options, select Settings. (Note: On the later versions of Windows, the Settings button might be outside the Notebook icon.)
    • On the Settings, toggle the Cortana gives me suggestions, ideas, reminders, alerts and more option to
      Off.
    • On the lower part, turn off the Search online and included web results option as well.

    See the image as reference to the above steps:


    How can I stop Windows Search from searching the web? 7c9e0858-2114-462b-b171-63b6e7d3089d.jpg


    After doing the steps, try using search again and see if the web results will now disappear.

    Should you need further assistance, feel free to post your query anytime.
     
    Anne Ros, Nov 17, 2020
    #2
  3. Disable Web Search Results in Windows 10 Start Menu

    Hi Taira,

    Disabling web results in the search box depends on the version and build of your Windows 10. We suggest checking the Windows 10 version and build installed on your computer. To check the version and build, follow the steps below:

    • On Cortana search, type winver and press
      Enter
      .
    • A pop-up box will appear containing the version and build of your operating system.

    Meanwhile, you can try these steps on how to disable web results in the search box:

    • Click the search box in the taskbar.
    • Select the Notebook icon
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      in the left pane.
    • Click Settings from the list.
    • In the Settings page, turn off the Cortana can give you suggestions, ideas, reminders, alerts and more option.
    • Also, turn off the Search online and include web results option.

    If you need further assistance, don't hesitate to reach out.
     
    Gerard Qui, Nov 17, 2020
    #3
  4. rtwjunkie Win User

    How can I stop Windows Search from searching the web?

    Search Question

    Which is why I suggested he try there instead. TPU is too limited of a user base to search here alone for anything gaming related.
     
    rtwjunkie, Nov 17, 2020
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