Disable Bing Search in Windows 8.1 Search Charm

Bing, the search engine takes a center stage in Windows’s latest upgrade – Windows 8.1. It now powers Windows 8.1’s search. That’s all right but what might infuriate you is that the search engine in Windows 8.1 will also serve up something that most computer users might not like: Ads on your desktop!

It has been learned that there will be a deep linking between both, the advertisements and the search results provided by Bing. The idea of linking is currently at Microsoft’s discretion and I believe, the company will eventually approve the deal when the final version of the preview version is out. Ads will be an integral part of Search in Windows 8.1! Should you wish to disable Bing from Windows 8.1 Search charm, here’s how to do it.

Turn off or Disable Bing Search from Windows 8.1 Search charm

Open the Charms Bar by pressing Windows + C key or if you are using a tablet, swiping in from the right of screen. Then, select ‘Settings’ option. Next, choose ‘Change PC Settings’ option from the lower right-hand corner of your computer screen.

Change PC Settings

Once done, under ‘PC settings’ panel, select the “Search & Apps” section visible at left.

Search apps

Then, on the right hand side, search for the following: Use Bing to search online and Get search suggestions and web results from Bing.

turned off

Simply slide the bar from ‘On’ to ‘Off’ to disable the search engine. This will disable Bing Search on Windows 8.1 Search Charms.

Your Windows Search will however continue to function!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. raha

    and thanks for this usefull tutorial
    this is my problem on windows 8.1 pro preview
    my charms search hanging
    when I search something in search and after I use its result when I want to close it and right click on search app top left corner my windows hanging and should to restart to resolve hanging ….why ?
    do you know any way to use and close it without hanging ?
    please help me if you know and please wright your answer in English
    have fun time

  2. Darkjamzi

    just uninstall 8.1, problem solved.

  3. This is just the preview version of Windows 8.1, so if there are any issues, I am sure that they will be fixed in the final version.

  4. Fran

    The 8.1 upgrade fixed this issue. I re-set my home page and put the slider to N0 and that was that!

  5. eh_bandit

    I hate like hell, that the charms don’t search my installed apps…

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