How to Disable Bing Search Suggestions in Start Menu

You can see that your search results on the Start menu come both from your computer and from the Bing search engine.

Search for Registry Editor, for example, in the Start menu.

Bing search suggestions will appear in the “Search the web” or the Web tab.

If you click on one of the search suggestions, you will be taken to the Bing search results for that.

You can preview the search results by pressing the right arrow next to the search suggestion.

Bing search suggestions appear because Windows 10 searches Bing for the search term you’ve entered in the Start menu. And that happens by default.

If you don’t want the Bing search suggestions, you can disable them. Here’s how:

Note: In addition to disabling Bing search suggestions, this will disable the ad that recommends Edge in the Start menu when you search for a browser such as Chrome.

Open Run. Enter regedit and then press Enter. Hit Yes in the UAC pop-up.

I suggest you back up the Registry before proceeding.

Extend the following: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Policies > Microsoft > Windows.

Press the Explorer key.

Right-click on the blank space in the right pane. 

Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Enter the name as DisableSearchBoxSuggestions and then press Enter.

Double-click it and enter 1 in the Value data field.

Press the OK button.

Restart your PC or File Explorer.

That’s it.

Once you’ve opened the Start menu, search for the Registry Editor or anything else you like, and you’ll find there are no Bing search suggestions.

You can also see that there is no Web tab in the search results.

Note: If you want Bing search suggestions, delete the DWORD you created and restart your computer or File Explorer.


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