In this article, we will show you how to turn off website recommendations in Windows 11. Website Recommendations in Windows 11 is a feature that suggests websites based on your browsing history on Bing. These recommendations are displayed in the Start menu under the Recommended section. If you do not want Windows 11 to show you the website recommendations in the Start menu, you can disable this feature. This article shows you how to do that.
How to Turn off Website Recommendations in Windows 11
You can turn off website recommendations in Windows 11 by using the following methods:
- Via System Settings
- Via the Registry Editor
1] Turn off website recommendations in Windows 11 by using System Settings
You can easily turn off website recommendations on your Windows PC via System Settings. To do so, follow the mentioned steps below:
- Press the “Start” button and click on “Settings” or you can press the Windows + I key.
- Go to “Personalization.”
- Scroll down and Select “Start.”
- Turn off the “Show websites from your browsing history” toggle switch to disable the feature.
After completing the above steps, website recommendations will be disabled on your Windows 11 PC. If you want to enable this feature again in the future, follow the same steps and toggle the switch to enable this website recommendation feature.
2] Turn off website recommendations in Windows 11 by using Registry Editor
The second method to turn off website recommendations in Windows 11 is by using Registry Editor. This method is technical compared to the previous method. Before you proceed make sure you create a system restore point, as this will help you to restore your system if a problem occurs. We also suggest you back up your Registry before proceeding.
Follow the steps carefully, as any incorrect modifications to the Registry Editor can make your system unstable.
Open the Run command box (Windows + R key). Type regedit and press Enter. Click Yes in the UAC prompt. This will open the Registry Editor. Now, navigate to the following path. The easiest way to go to the following path is to copy it and paste it into the address bar of the Registry Editor.
Make sure that the Explorer key is selected on the left side. In the right-side pane, right-click on an empty area and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value option. Now, name this value as HideRecommendedPersonalizedSites. Double-click on it and set its Value data to 1.
Exit the Registry Editor window and restart your computer. Website Recommendations will be disabled after the restart. If you want to enable the feature, follow the same steps and change the value data to 0. Or, you can also delete the above-mentioned DWORD value from the Registry Editor.
After disabling the option via the Registry Editor, the option will be greyed out in Windows 11 Settings (refer to the above screenshot). Hence, no other user can enable it via Settings. Hence, this method is useful if you have a shared computer.
That’s it, I hope this article helped you to turn off website recommendations on your Windows 11.
How do I change search settings in Windows 11?
You can easily change the search settings in your Windows PC by using System Settings. Go to the Settings > Privacy & security > Search permissions. If you want to change the search settings for your files, go to Searching Windows on the Privacy & security page.
How do I make my website unsearchable on Google?
If you want to make your website unsearchable on Google, you have to prevent Google crawlers from indexing your website. If our website is already indexed, you can use Google Search Console to request URL removal.