How to Disable ‘Search Highlights’ in Windows 11 and Windows 10

Gone are the days when the Start menu or taskbar search was used to only find files, apps, settings and web searches on Windows device. Microsoft has started releasing a new experience called search highlights to the Search box and Start Menu search under Windows 11 and Windows 10 to show “interesting moments in time” for each day. Here’s how you can disable the feature if you don’t like it.

What is the Search Highlights feature?

Windows taskbar search already shows recent searches, top apps and quick searches.

Microsoft intends to display new content daily in the search window with search highlights. Content includes trending research, Microsoft rewards, and interesting moments in time.

The feature shows notable moments like holidays, birthdays and other educational moments in time, globally and in your region.

Search highlights feature information on the search homepage related to that time of day, daily content like Word of the Day, and more.

The left side of the Search window displays recently launched apps, files, settings, and websites.

If you’re signed in to Windows with a work or school account, search highlights will display organizational content, including suggested contacts and important documents.

Windows 11 Light Mode Search Highlights

Note: Survey highlights require you to run Windows 11 build 22572 and higher and Windows 10 build 19044.1618 (KB 5011543) and higher. At the time of writing, the feature is still rolling out to insiders.

Search Highlights in Windows 11 Dark Mode

pros:

Search highlights are fun to check out and educational based on the information it brings to learning to search at home every day.

Cons:

It can also become distracting and get in the way of the useful search interface.

There are mixed reactions from Windows users to the feature.

How to Disable Search Highlights in Windows 11

  1. Click Start and open Definitions
  2. click in privacy and security
  3. Underneath Windows Permissions, click in search permissions
  4. scroll down to more settings at the bottom and turn off “Show search highlights
    Disable search highlights Windows 11

This causes Windows 11 to stop showing content suggestions in the search box and search the home page.

How to Disable Search Highlights in Windows 10

  1. Right-click on the taskbar
  2. Hover over the search menu and clear “Show search highlights

How to Disable Search Highlights in Windows 10 and Windows 11 Using Group Policy

  1. Use Win + R to open the Run dialog and type gpedit.msc and press enter
  2. click in computer configuration
  3. Select Administrative Templates
  4. Expand Windows components and select To search for,
  5. In the right pane, locate and double-click “Allow search highlights
  6. Choose Disabled and click To apply and OK.
    Disable Search Highlights in Windows 10 and Windows 11 Using Group Policy Editor
  7. Close the Local Group Policy Editor

final words: Microsoft has started rolling out an improved search experience for Windows 11 and Windows 10 users. If you don’t want the search interface to be bloated with unwanted trending searches and information about that day fetched and displayed by Bing, we’ve covered the instructions on how to disable search highlights on both versions of Windows.

What’s your take on the new search experience? Did you like it and find it useful? Let us know in the comments below.

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