How to disable 'Search the web and Windows' on the Windows 10 taskbar

Limit Windows 10's taskbar searches to your local machine

Today's tip shows how to quickly disable the "Search the web and Windows" setting feature in Windows.

Although Bing search is great in many use cases (especially image and video search), Microsoft's decision to integrate it into the Windows taskbar by default "turns off" and frustrates some users.

Personally, I would've preferred two small icons on the taskbar for search: one for for local filesystem search, and a second exclusively for web search.  

Instead, web and windows searches are bundled together using a search textbox, found next to the Start Button.

Search the web and Windows is found on the taskbar Stephen Glasskeys

The fastest way to change the taskbar's search behavior: Press the Windows+S keyboard shortcut, and click the Settings "gear" icon.

Next, toggle Search online and include web results to the off position. This is the setting that disables web taskbar search, and changes the description text to read "Search Windows."

Press Windows+S keyboard shortcut Stephen Glasskeys

Alternatively, you can access this same settings menu via Windows+X, Search shortcut.

Alternative way to access Search settings -- Windows+X, Search Stephen Glasskeys

Last but not least, you may wish to use Windows 10's Settings app to change the taskbar's default search behavior and related Privacy and Microphone settings.

To find these settings, type "Cortana" in Settings' search field:

Open Settings app, type Cortana Stephen Glasskeys

This story, "How to disable 'Search the web and Windows' on the Windows 10 taskbar" was originally published by ITworld.


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