Windows 10 is finally here and it’s full of great new features, but also a few questionable ones. One of them which can be easily placed into the latter category is the fact that everything you search for in the Start Menu will be sent to Microsoft servers and return a result from Bing search.
A rather aggressive way for the company to promote its search engine, and certainly not something many people will appreciate. Fortunately, there is a way to disable this feature, and in this post we’ll show you how to do it.
First of all, we know Android and iOS will also return search results through their servers in order to bring you the most relevant results, however while this might work on mobile devices, it’s an entirely different feeling when you’re using a PC, searching through your most private and personal files.
Note that, if you want to use Cortana, you’ll have to accept the fact that search is handled through Bing, so you can’t really have one without the other. To disable web integration, you’ll also have to deactivate Bing, so there’s a choice to make before even starting this whole process.
Bing is pretty easy to disable, so you won’t have to jump through many hoops to solve this issue. All you have to do is find the Cortana search settings screen, and that’s as easy as typing “Cortana settings” into the Start Menu and selecting the Cortana and Search Settings item which should appear shortly.
This brings up the settings dialog, which you should expect to look different if you’ve already disabled Cortana. If you want to disable Bing integration, you will have to also disable Cortana, so just flip the appropriate switch to Off.
After performing this step, you’ll see a change in the rest of the dialog and an option will appear for Search online and include web results. You’ll want to disable this too, as this is what actually disables Bing from the Start Menu.
That’s it! Now every time you search for something, the system will only go through your own computer. It even says “Search my stuff” instead of “search the web”.
Finally, you should also know that if you wish to disable the Search box from the Taskbar, you have to simply right-click it and select the Hidden option.