Enable or Disable Show Cloud Content in Search Results in Windows 10  

    Enable or Disable Show Cloud Content in Search Results in Windows 10

    Enable or Disable Show Cloud Content in Search Results in Windows 10

    How to Enable or Disable Show Cloud Content in Search Results in Windows 10
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    26 May 2019
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    How to Enable or Disable Show Cloud Content in Search Results in Windows 10


    Search on your taskbar makes it easier for you to search the web and Windows.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 16237, Microsoft added a new option to Cortana to enable or disable showing your cloud content in the search results.

    Cortana and Search has been separated starting with Windows 10 version 1903.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Windows Cloud Search showing cloud content in the search results for your account or all users in Windows 10.


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: Turn On or Off show Cloud Content in Search Results for Current User in Settings
    • Option Two: Enable or Disable show Cloud Content in Search Results for All Users in Local Group Policy Editor
    • Option Three: Enable or Disable show Cloud Content in Search Results for All Users using a REG file





    Enable or Disable Show Cloud Content in Search Results in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Enable or Disable Show Cloud Content in Search Results in Windows 10
    Turn On or Off Show Cloud Content in Search Results for Current User in Settings

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Search icon.

    2. Click/tap on Permissions & History on the left side, and perform one of the available actions below: (see screenshot below)

    A) Turn on (default) or off Windows Cloud Search for what you want under Cloud Search on the right side.

    OR

    B) Turn on (default) or off Microsoft account and/or Work or School account for what you want under Cloud content search on the right side.

    3. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.

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    Enable or Disable Show Cloud Content in Search Results in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Enable or Disable Show Cloud Content in Search Results in Windows 10
    Enable or Disable Show Cloud Content in Search Results for All Users in Local Group Policy Editor


    You must be signed in as an administrator to do this option.

    If enabled or disabled, this option will override and gray out Option One.

    The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option Three.

    1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

    2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

    Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Search

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    3. In the right pane of Search, double click/tap on the Allow Cloud Search policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4. Do step 5 (always enable), step 6 (disable), or step 7 (default) below for what you would like to do.


     5. To Always Enable Show Cloud Content in Search Results

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, select Enable Cloud Search in the "Cloud Search Setting" drop down menu, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)


     6. To Disable Show Cloud Content in Search Results

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, select Disable Cloud Search in the "Cloud Search Setting" drop down menu, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)


     7. Default (user choice) Show Cloud Content in Search Results

    A) Select (dot) Not Configured, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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    8. When finished, you can close Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






    Enable or Disable Show Cloud Content in Search Results in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Enable or Disable Show Cloud Content in Search Results in Windows 10
    Enable or Disable Show Cloud Content in Search Results for All Users using a REG file


    You must be signed in as an administrator to do this option.

    If enabled or disabled, this option will override and gray out Option One.

    The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search

    AllowCloudSearch DWORD

    (delete) = Default
    0 = Disable
    1 = Always enable



    1. Do step 2 (always enable), step 3 (disable), or step 4 (default) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Always Enable Show Cloud Content in Search Results

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Always_enable_Cloud_Search_for_all_users.reg

    download


     3. To Disable Show Cloud Content in Search Results

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Disable_Cortana_Search_for_all_users.reg

    download


     4. Default (user choice) Show Cloud Content in Search Results

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Default_user_choice_Cloud_Search.reg

    download

    5. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

    7. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

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


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1. Brink's Avatar
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       #1

    Tutorial updated to add Option 2 and 3 to enable or disable Cortana Cloud Search for all users using a group policy.
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    Tutorial updated for Windows 10 May 2019 Update version 1903.
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  3.    #3

    Hi, Windows Cloud Search enable/disable registry tweak here works but totally disable it, how to just keep it enabled and turn it on/off via registry? possible? thanks
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    Kishvand said: View Post
    Hi, Windows Cloud Search enable/disable registry tweak here works but totally disable it, how to just keep it enabled and turn it on/off via registry? possible? thanks

    I haven't been able to find a viable registry setting for Option 1 yet.
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  5.    #5

    In Windows 1903, the search option does not show web as a search location, is this limited to regions were Cortana is supported? If not how do I enable the search to also search the web?
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    PurSpyk said: View Post
    In Windows 1903, the search option does not show web as a search location, is this limited to regions were Cortana is supported? If not how do I enable the search to also search the web?

    Hello,

    You might also check the tutorial below to see if you may be able to turn on Web search results with it.

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