Windows 8.1 Preview – Turn Off Search Suggestions and Web Results from Bing


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Search results in Windows 8.1 combine local searches with results from the Bing search engine. For some users this might pose privacy / security issues.

Windows 8.1 Preview - Local and Bing search results
Windows 8.1 Preview – Local and Bing search results

In the Windows 8.1 Preview the Search Suggestions and Web Results from Bing feature is easily disabled (and I assume that this will be the same for 8.1 upon release).

Press the Windows key and C together to bring up the charms bar (or swipe from the right on a touch device). Click Change PC Settings:

Click or tap Change PC Settings
Click or tap Change PC Settings

Click Search & apps in the left hand pane:

Click or tap
Click or tap Search & apps

Toggle the Get search suggestions and web results from Bing to the Off position.

Click
Toggle Bing searches to the Off position

Search results now do not include results from Bing:

Windows 8.1 Preview Seach results with Bing disabled
Windows 8.1 Preview Search results with Bing disabled

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