Published by

Brink's Avatar

Posts: 28,638

Show Printable Version 

How to Change Cortana SafeSearch Setting in Windows 10

information   Information
Cortana is your cloud-based personal assistant that works across your devices and other Microsoft services. Depending on the capabilities of your device and the version of Cortana you’re using, Cortana can provide a range of features, some of which are personalized. Cortana on Windows is available in certain regions and languages. If Cortana isn’t available for your Windows device, you can still search for files on your device in the search box on the taskbar. Cortana is also available on other platforms, such as Android and iOS, in select markets.

There is a SafeSearch section in Cortana settings that allows you to change your search filter levels to Strict, Moderate, or Off. This Cortana SafeSearch setting will override your Bing SafeSearch setting when viewing the Cortana web search results in your browser (ex: Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer).

SafeSearch Filter Level Description
Strict Filter out adult text, images, and videos from my web results
Moderate Filter out adult images and videos, but not text from my web results
Off Don't filter adult content from my web results

This tutorial will show you how to change the Cortana SafeSearch filter setting for web search results for your account in Windows 10.

Note   Note
You will need to have Cortana enabled and turn on Cortana search online and include web results to be able to get web results when searching with Cortana. These settings are enabled and turned on by default in Windows 10.

Here's How:

1. Click/tap on the Cortana icon (Windows+S) on the taskbar, and click/tap on the Settings (gear) icon. (see screenshot below)
Note   Note
Starting with Windows 10 build 16188, Cortana's settings have been integrated into Settings.
Name:  Cortana_Settings.jpg
Views: 1118
Size:  46.4 KB

2. Under SafeSearch in settings, select (dot) Strict, Moderate (default), or Off for the filter level you want.

Name:  Cortana_SafeSearch_settings.png
Views: 1372
Size:  42.0 KB

That's it,