Edge comes pre-installed on Windows 11 with Bing as its default search engine. Despite Microsoft’s efforts, Bing is not on a par with Google as far as the accuracy of the search results is concerned. That’s why many users prefer to remove Bing completely and switch to Google’s search engine. If you want to get rid of Bing, but you don’t know how to do that, follow the steps below to get the job done.
How Do I Remove Bing Search From Windows 11?
Disable Search Box Suggestions and Bing Search
Tweak your Registry settings and disable Search Box Suggestions, as well as Bing Search.
- Launch the Registry Editor.
- Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows
- Right-click on the Windows folder, and create a new Explorer key.
- Select the new Explorer Folder, and right-click on an empty area in the right-hand pane.
- Then, select New → DWORD (32-bit).
- Name the new key DisableSearchBoxSuggestions.
- Double-click on it and change its value from 0 to 1.
Let’s disable Bing Search now.
- Navigate to
- Locate the BingSearchEnabled key on the right-hand pane.
- Double-click on it and change its value from 1 to 0 (zero).
Remove Bing from Edge
To remove Bing Search from Microsoft Edge:
- Launch Edge and open a new browser tab.
- Go to Settings and more (the three dots).
- Scroll down Settings.
- In the left-hand pane, click on Privacy, search, and services.
- Then, scroll all the way down to Services.
- Select Address bar and search.
- Under Search engine used in the address bar, select Google or another search engine.
- Save the settings, and restart Edge.
If you want to protect your privacy, you can use DuckDuckGo. This privacy-focused search engine doesn’t save your search queries or personal information.
Windows Update may sometimes mess up your settings and restore Edge as your default search engine and browser. If you notice any changes after installing a major Windows update, you may want to check your browser configuration and restore your previous settings.
Switch to a Different Browser
To enjoy the best possible browsing experience, we suggest switching to a different browser altogether. For example, if you want to use Google Search, set Chrome as your default browser. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a privacy-focused browser, consider switching to Brave, Tor, Iridium, and so on.
To remove Bing Search from Windows 11, edit your Registry and disable Search Box Suggestions and Bing Search. Then, navigate to Edge Settings, and select “Services”. Under “Search engine used in the address bar”, select Google or another search engine. Save the new settings, and refresh your browser.
Did you manage to get rid of Bing Search with the help of this guide? Let us know in the comments below.