Windows 11, like its predecessors, integrates Bing search directly into the Start menu. Whenever you search for an app, file, or folder, you are also searching for Bing. There’s not even an option to turn it off in the Settings app. Luckily, you can do that with a registry hack.
Warning: Remember that whenever you modify the Windows registry, you have to be careful. Randomly changing values or deleting registry keys can cause programs or Windows itself to become unstable or inoperable. Follow the instructions carefully.
You can edit the registry manually, if you’re comfortable with it, or you can use our pre-built REG files which will handle it automatically.
Disable Bing with Registry Editor
Disabling Bing using the registry editor (Regedit) is quite simple. Unlike some registry hacks, this one only involves changing a single value.
Click the Start button, type “regedit” in the search bar, then click “Open” or press Enter.
You should navigate to:
To note: If there is a key named “Explorer” under the “Windows” key, you don’t need to try to create another one. Just skip to the “Create a DWORD to deactivate Bing” section.
Right-click on “Windows”, hover over “New”, then click on “Key”. Type “Explorer” in the name box, then press Enter when you’re done.
If you did everything correctly, you should see this:
Create a DWORD to deactivate Bing
We need to create a new DWORD, which is just a type of data you can put in a registry key. Right-click on the “Explorer” registry key, hover over “New”, then click on “DWORD (32-bit) Value”.
As soon as you create a DWORD, it will automatically be selected and you can enter a name. Name it
Double-click “DisableSearchBoxSuggestions”, set the value to 1, then click “OK”.
Once you have created the DWORD and set its value, you must restart Explorer.exe. If you don’t want to do it manually, you can just restart your PC.
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Disable Bing with our registry hack
Playing with the registry can be tedious. If you don’t want to do it yourself, we’ve created two REG files that will handle everything automatically. One of them, “Disable Bing Searchs.reg”, disables Bing search. The other restores Bing search to the Start menu if you decide to recover it.
Disable Bing in the Start menu
To note: You should generally not trust random REG files that you download from the Internet. You should open a REG file in a plain text editor and check if it is safe.
Open the ZIP file with any file archiving program you like. If you don’t have one, don’t worry – Windows 11 can open ZIP files natively, without third-party apps.
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Double-click on the REG file named “Disable Bing Searches.reg”.
You will get a pop-up window warning you that REG files could be harmful to your computer – go ahead and click “Yes”.
Then all you have to do is restart Explorer.exe. You can manually restart it in Task Manager if you want, but restarting your entire computer will accomplish the same thing. You will have a Start menu without Bing once the restart is complete.