Windows 11, like its predecessors, integrates Bing search directly into the Start menu. Every time you search for an app, file, or folder, you are also searching Bing. You can’t even turn it off in the Settings app. Luckily, you can do this with a registry hack.
Warning. Remember that every time you edit the Windows registry, you need to be careful. Accidentally changing values or deleting registry keys can make programs or Windows itself unstable or inoperable. Follow the instructions carefully.
You can edit the registry manually if you feel comfortable with it, or you can use our ready-made .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 one value.
Click the Start button, type “regedit” into the search bar, then click Open or press Enter.
You need to go 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 disable Bing” section.
Right-click Windows, hover over New, then click Key. Type “Explorer” in the name field, then press Enter when you’re done.
If you did everything right, you should see this:
Create a DWORD to disable Bing
We need to create a new DWORD, this is just one type of data that you can put in a registry key. Right-click the File Explorer registry key, hover over New, then click DWORD (32-bit) Value.
Once you create a DWORD, it will be automatically selected and you can enter a name. Name it
Double-click DisableSearchBoxSuggestions, set the value to 1, then click OK.
After you have created the DWORD and set its value, you need to restart Explorer.exe. If you don’t want to do this manually, you can simply restart your computer.
Disable Bing With Our Registry Hack
Fiddling 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 one restores Bing search to the Start menu if you decide you want it back.
Disable Bing in the Start Menu
Note. Generally, you should not trust random REG files that you download from the Internet. You should open the .reg file in a regular text editor and check if it’s safe.
Open the ZIP file with any file zipping program of your choice. If you don’t have it, don’t worry – Windows 11 can open ZIP files without third-party apps.
Double-click the .reg file named “Disable Bing Searches.reg”.
You will receive a pop-up warning that REG files may be harmful to your computer – go ahead and click Yes.
Then all you have to do is restart Explorer.exe. You can restart it manually in Task Manager if you like, but restarting the entire computer will produce the same result. After restarting, you will have a “Start without Bing” menu.