Disable Web Search in File Explorer Address Bar Windows 10

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  1. Posts : 54
    Windows 10
       #1

    Disable Web Search in File Explorer Address Bar Windows 10


    Does anybody know how to disable the web search capability of file explorer? Sometimes when I mistype something into the address bar of File Explorer, it will take whatever I typed in and search the term for bing (assuming whatever I typed isn't a path or a program).

    Does anybody know how to disable this feature entirely, preferably through the registry?
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  2. Posts : 36,325
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    Hi, looking at group policy (you may only have Home) this might be possible - however the wording is a little ambiguous given Cortana search and file explorer search. And whether it affects the address bar is another matter.

    So just a first thought...

    If you have Home you would need the registry equivalent.

    If there is a tutorial on tenforums that addresses this, that would be quoted.
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  3. Posts : 54
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Unfortunately, this only affects the web search in the start menu; it doesn't affect the Windows File Explorer Address bar. I know this because I already have the setting disabled.
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  4. Posts : 36,325
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #4

    That's what I suspected.. the same question about the address bar has been asked over the years- the few instances I've found give no way to suppress it.
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  5. Posts : 152
    Windows 10 Pro/Education x64
       #5

    Hmm, does it do web search directly in Windows explorer or does it try to open the browser to complete the web search?
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  6. Posts : 36,325
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #6

    You can try it yourself- it opens a browser, having completed the http address in file explorer's address bar.

    Some have looked at this as a form of autocomplete- I don't think it is.

    Try typing
    tenforums
    there- assuming you have no such folder below where you are.
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  7. Posts : 668
    Win 10 pro
       #7

    JohnTravolski said:
    Unfortunately, this only affects the web search in the start menu; it doesn't affect the Windows File Explorer Address bar. I know this because I already have the setting disabled.
    I would also add that the gpedit "Do no allow web search" key is no longer honoured in win 10 pro 1803
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  8. Posts : 54
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Even if it's not in the group policy editor, you can still use a registry key, which does work for start menu web searches (just not file explorer address pane):

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search]
    "BingSearchEnabled"=dword:00000000
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  9. Posts : 36,325
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #9

    Turn On or Off Search online and include web results in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
    covers this.

    Whilst the tutorial shows no exception, comments following it give one user's experience as finding it was not effective in 1803.
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  10. Posts : 1,020
    Windows 10 Pro 20H2 19042.572
       #10

    Why not just use the "Search Box". It only searches your file system starting from the directory that you have set ?
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