Windows 10: Stop Personal Images From Appearing Within "Ask Me Anything" area


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    Windows 10 (Updated)
       29 Sep 2016 #1

    Stop Personal Images From Appearing Within "Ask Me Anything" area


    (Newbie/First Post)

    When using Windows 10 how do I prevent/disable Windows 10 from automatically showing any (and all) of my currently installed pictures/images stored on my computer hard drive when simply asking Windows 10 a question or simply doing a search within the “Ask Me Anything” area in the bottom left corner of Windows 10?

    Thanks
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  2.    29 Sep 2016 #2

    You can always search for and open Indexing Options, then click Modify and uncheck any locations/folders whose contents you no longer want indexed (for example C:\Users\username\Pictures). Then optionally click Advanced and finally Rebuild and wait for your search database to be rebuilt completely with only your selected locations included.
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    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 32-bit 10586
       29 Sep 2016 #3

    I think what you are referring to is one of the live tiles called Photos.

    To remove the tile right click on it and select More then select Turn Live Tile off

    If it is Cortana doing this you can change the settings when you open Cortana.
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    Windows 10 (Updated)
    Thread Starter
       29 Sep 2016 #4

    Nope not that area


    sml156 said: View Post
    I think what you are referring to is one of the live tiles called Photos.

    To remove the tile right click on it and select More then select Turn Live Tile off
    Nope not the pictures/tiles in the "Live Tile Area". The pictures installed on my hard drive that automatically populate/appear within the "Search the Web & Windows" area; that's the area I am speaking about. There are some personal pictures I do not want shown their; when showing guest my computer or business partners. I know one way to eliminate the problem is to remove ALL personal pictures from my computer hard drive and and add/transfer to an "External Hard Drive". But I do not wish to do that yet as of yet; unless I have no other recourse.
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    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 32-bit 10586
       29 Sep 2016 #5

    I updated my post (Stop Personal Images From Appearing Within "Ask Me Anything" area) see if that's where it is located
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    Windows 10 (Updated)
    Thread Starter
       29 Sep 2016 #6

    sml156 said: View Post
    I updated my post (Stop Personal Images From Appearing Within "Ask Me Anything" area) see if that's where it is located
    Nope not the "Live Tile Area" but the "Search the Web & Windows" area - see my new post above. In addition I do not see a disable showing pictures/images button of any sort in the Cortana settings. But again - I am speaking of the "Search the Web & Windows" section.
    Last edited by acvegas; 29 Sep 2016 at 21:48. Reason: typo
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    W10Prox64
       30 Sep 2016 #7

    acvegas said: View Post
    (Newbie/First Post)

    When using Windows 10 how do I prevent/disable Windows 10 from automatically showing any (and all) of my currently installed pictures/images stored on my computer hard drive when simply asking Windows 10 a question or simply doing a search within the “Ask Me Anything” area in the bottom left corner of Windows 10?

    Thanks
    Hi acvegas and welcome to Tenforums.

    Do you mean that your personal photos show up in this area?
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    Last edited by simrick; 30 Sep 2016 at 09:33.
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    Windows 10 (Updated)
    Thread Starter
       30 Sep 2016 #8

    Yes that's the area....


    simrick said: View Post
    Hi acvegas and welcome to Tenforums.
    Do you mean that your personal photos how up in this area?
    Yes. Correct simrick that is the exact area that I am speaking about where the pictures/images automatically appear without my authorization when doing a search on anything. I need the pictures/images to stop automatically appearing within this area off of my computer internal hard drive.

    NOTE: TenForums member "Robert J" posted an alternative: "Indexing Options" (as shown posted above).....I think that is what I am looking for. I haven't had time to experiment with it as of yet .....must take off to work now and try it ("Indexing Options") later. But if you (simrick) or anyone else here at this forum have a simpler alternative configuration method please post it here; much appreciated. Thanks.
    Last edited by acvegas; 30 Sep 2016 at 09:06. Reason: typo
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  9.    16 Dec 2016 #9

    acvegas said: View Post
    Yes. Correct simrick that is the exact area that I am speaking about where the pictures/images automatically appear without my authorization when doing a search on anything. I need the pictures/images to stop automatically appearing within this area off of my computer internal hard drive.

    NOTE: TenForums member "Robert J" posted an alternative: "Indexing Options" (as shown posted above).....I think that is what I am looking for. I haven't had time to experiment with it as of yet .....must take off to work now and try it ("Indexing Options") later. But if you (simrick) or anyone else here at this forum have a simpler alternative configuration method please post it here; much appreciated. Thanks.
    Hi @acvegas,

    I got a new computer with Windows 10 two days ago and I've been fiddling and adapting to the transition (from... Vista.. *shame*). I faced the same discomfort as you where Cortana was showing... let's call them "sensitive" pictures... and Cortana was showing those pictures whenever you started typing in the search field something that contained those letters...

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    I searched the internet and landed on this thread. What @robert J proposed DOES SOLVE THE PROBLEM. You can keep folders and files out of Cortana's "sight"/search field by EXCLUDING THE FOLDER FROM INDEXATION. Here are the steps to take to solve your problem if you still have it @acvegas :


    1. Go in Control Panel > Indexing Options
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    2. Select the folder that contains the folder that you will want to exclude from indexation (hide from Cortana) and click Modify
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    3. Using the folders tree, reach the location of the folder you want to un-index and uncheck the box of that folder (in this example, it's the "Pictures" folder)
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    4. Click OK
    5. You're done! Cortana will no longer show pictures from that folder. You now see that folder in the "Exclude" list in the Indexation Options and you'll notice that the number of indexed items has diminished.
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    Tadaaaa!

    Hope this helps.
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