Windows 10, by default, sends whatever you search in the Start menu to their servers to give you results from a Bing search — so it’s best to make sure you don’t type anything special into your PC’s Start menu. Or you can just disable Bing integration in the Start Menu.
Updated on 05/19/22: We now have a solution that works in Windows 10 May 2020 Update and Windows 11. In our experience, this also disables Microsoft Edge ads that appear when you search for Chrome in the Windows 10 Start Menu.
It’s worth noting that the default search in Android and even iOS will also send search results to their servers to try to get more relevant results – but somehow it’s different when you’re on your home PC and trying to search your personal files.
We’re certainly glad that it included a way to easily disable web integration — it’s just worth noting that if you want to use Cortana, you don’t have a choice as to whether the Start menu uses Bing, so you’ll go to You have to disable Cortana to disable web integration.
How to disable Bing in the Start Menu in Windows 10’s May 2020 Update
Starting with the Windows 10 May 2020 Update, there is a new registry setting that controls this option. You have to edit the Windows registry to disable web searches in the Start menu.
warning: Registry Editor is a powerful tool and making the wrong change can make your system unstable or even inoperable. This is a straightforward change, and if you follow the instructions, you’ll be fine. But if you haven’t used it before, consider reading about how to use the Registry Editor. We always recommend that you backup your registry (and your computers) before making changes.
To get started, open the Registry Editor by clicking on Start and typing “regedit” in the search bar. Double-click on the Registry Editor shortcut that appears (or press Enter) and click Yes to the User Account Control prompt.
Move to the next key using the right pane. You can also copy and paste the following address into the Registry Editor’s address bar and hit Enter:
Create a new DWORD value by right-clicking inside the empty space in the left pane and pointing to New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
The name of the value is “DisableSearchBoxSuggestions.” Double click on it and set its value data to “1”.
You must restart your computer, log out and log back in again, or at least restart windows explorer for your change to take effect.
Download Change Registry One-Click Update May 2020
If you are not comfortable making changes to the registry yourself, we have created two downloadable files that you can use. One file disables web search from the Start menu, and the other file will re-enable web searches. Both are included in the following zip file, and both work just by changing the values we explained above. Double-click the icon you want and click Prompts.
Download Disable Bing in Start Menu Hack
How to disable Bing integration in Start Menu, the old way
Class: These instructions apply to older versions of Windows 10, including the November 2019 Update, the May 2019 Update, and the October 2018 Update.
To get started, open the Registry Editor by opening the Start menu, type “regedit,” and hit Enter. In the Registry Editor, use the left sidebar to navigate to the following key:
Right-click on the search icon and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. The name of the new value
Double-click a file
BingSearchEnabled A value to open its properties dialog. The number in the Value data box should already be 0 – just make sure it’s still 0. Click OK to continue.
CortanaConsent. Double-click this value to open its properties dialog. Change the Value data box to 0.
If you don’t see
CortanaConsentCreate it by following the same steps you used to create it
You can close the Registry Editor now. If you search in the start menu, you should now see only local results. If the change does not take effect immediately, restart your computer.
If you want to restore web search results, all you have to do is open the Registry Editor and change the file
CortanaConsent The values go back to 1.
You can also run this registry hack instead. The change should be immediate — if it isn’t and you still see Bing results in the Start Menu, restart your computer.
Download web search bypass files (older versions of Windows 10 only)
How to disable Bing in the Start Menu, the really old way
updated: Microsoft removed this handy graphic option from the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Even if you turn off Cortana using the registry tweak or Group Policy, Windows 10 won’t disable web searches in the Start menu. You can, however, have the Start menu search Google instead of Bing if you like.
Related: How to do Cortana search with Google and Chrome instead of Bing and Edge
Fortunately, it’s really easy to disable Bing, and you’ll just need to get to the Cortana search settings screen — the easiest way to do that is to type “cortana settings” into the Start menu and choose the “Cortana & Search settings” item.
This will bring up the Settings dialog, which will look different depending on whether or not you have already disabled Cortana.
If you want to disable Bing integration, you will also have to disable Cortana – so flip that switch to Off.
Now that you’ve disabled Cortana, the rest of the dialog will change and you’ll see an option for “Search online and include web results,” which you’ll want to disable as well — this is how you actually disable Bing from the Start menu.
And now when you search for anything, it will only search your computer.
Notice how clean it is now – it says “find my stuff” instead of “search the web”.
Note that if you want to disable the search box from the taskbar, you will need to right-click on it and choose the hidden option.