How do I prevent Cortana/Search from searching the web.

I see from a web search (using my prefered browser and not Cortana/Edge) that searching the web could be disabled in 2015 versions of Windows 10.

How do I disable Cortana/Search from searching the web in my 2017 version of Windows 10?

Can this be done at all anymore? Does every search of local files/programs on my computer go to Bing and there is nothing I can do about it?

Is this Microsoft's way of claiming that more people are using Bing and Edge?


So, turns out that this seems to be possible after all. Reddit user /u/bmorefunyall found a solution

Group policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Search -> Do not allow web search.

After setting this policy to enabled, for me Windows search no longer searches the web.

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Last updated June 2, 2020 Views 4,581 Applies to: