Search online and include web results - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

    Search online and include web results - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Search online and include web results in Windows 10
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    How to Turn On or Off Search online and include web results in Windows 10

    information   Information
    You can type what you're looking for in the search box (Win+S) on the taskbar. You'll get suggestions and answers to your questions, and search results from your PC (My stuff) and the Internet (Web).

    If you turn on search online and include web results, search will use your previous Bing searches, and locations (if available) to improve search suggestions and provide web results. After you type a search term, you can click/tap on My stuff to find results for files, apps, settings, photos, videos, and music across your PC and OneDrive, or click/tap on Web to find results on the internet.

    If you turn off search online and include web results, search will not provide web results, or use my location or online search history. After you type a search term, you can click/tap on Search my stuff to find results for files, apps, settings, photos, videos, and music across your PC and OneDrive.


    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off search online and include web results for only your account when you do a search on the taskbar in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    You can use step 7 in OPTION TWO of the tutorial link below to clear your search history from the Bing.com dashboard at any time.

    How to Clear Your Personal Data and Info from Cortana


    When you have Cortana turned on, Cortana will always be able to search online and include web results.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Turn On or Off "Search online and include web results" in Cortana Settings
    • Option Two: To Turn On or Off "Search online and include web results" using a REG file



    EXAMPLE: "Search online and include web results" On and Off
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    Search online and include web results - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Search online and include web results - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off "Search online and include web results" in Cortana Settings

    1. Click/tap in the search box or icon (Win+S) on the taskbar, and click/tap on the Settings icon. (see screenshots below)

    2. Do step 3 (on) or step 4 (off) below for what you would like to do.

     3. To Turn On Search online and include web results

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Turn on Search online and include web results. (see screenshot below)

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     4. To Turn Off Search online and include web results

    A) Turn off Search online and include web results. (see screenshot below)

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    Search online and include web results - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Search online and include web results - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off "Search online and include web results" using a REG file

    Note   Note
    The .reg files below make changes to the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search

    BingSearchEnabled DWORD

    0 = Off
    1 = On


    1. Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Turn On Search online and include web results

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_On_Search_Web.reg

    download


     3. To Turn Off Search online and include web results

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_Off_Search_Web.reg

    download


    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. If prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.




    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    2016-03-17 #1

    Apparently once you flip that switch it's gone forever?

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    I re-enabled it but that switch is still missing even after a restart.
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,362
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2016-03-17 #2

    Odd. Is Cortana turned on when this happens?

    If so, does it return if Cortana is turned off?
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  3.    2016-03-17 #3

    Yeah it was on, turning off Cortana does bring it back though, didn't think of that one.

    Thanks Shawn.
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