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Disable web search in Windows 10

Disable web search in Windows 10

Pretty much everyone should know it. If you want to quickly search for an installed program in the Windows search bar, you may get all sorts of suggestions from the Internet, but not the desired program. That’s why we have often been annoyed by the web search, which we personally have never used. In this post, we will therefore show you how to disable the web search in Windows 10 and thus clean up the search significantly. This ensures that at least all relevant apps that are on your computer are displayed again.

Disable web search in Windows 10 – possible with a few clicks:

Disabling the function is not that clean, we actually use a small workaround by telling the firewall that the web search is evil. The advantage is that such a thing is done in a few clicks and can also be undone quickly. On the other hand, you can see from the result that Windows does not want this. Because the area of the web search will not disappear, rather a hint will be displayed that a preview is not possible at the moment. Nevertheless, the procedure can be worthwhile to make finding software easier again.

Step-by-step instructions:

  • Click on the Windows Start button and the gear wheel
  • Type “Windows Defender Firewall” in the Search Settings field
  • Click on “Advanced Settings” on the left and change to the “Outbound Rules” tab
  • Scroll to the item “Windows Search” and double click on it
  • In the tab “General” change “Action” to “Block the connection”
  • Click on “Apply”
  • Done!

Unfortunately, there is no official solution from Windows, so you have to be satisfied with this makeshift solution. Nevertheless, we are satisfied with the result and have not even thought about turning on the web search in Windows again since then. We hope that this tutorial helped you as well. Feel free to forward it to friends with the same wish. And from here on, have fun using Windows again!


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