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Turn off Windows Search AutoComplete

This policy setting allows you to prevent Windows Search AutoComplete from providing results in the Internet Explorer Address bar. Windows Search AutoComplete suggests possible matches when a user is entering a web address in the browser Address bar. This feature provides more relevant results in the browser Address bar. If you enable this policy setting Internet Explorer does not use Windows Search AutoComplete for providing relevant results in the Address bar. The user cannot change this setting. If you disable this policy setting Internet Explorer uses Windows Search AutoComplete to provide relevant results in the Address bar. The user cannot change this setting. If you do not configure this policy setting the user can choose to turn the Use Windows Search setting on or off. Note: If you enable this policy setting feeds do not appear in the Address bar. This does not affect subscribing to feeds and interacting with them through the Favorites Center.


Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Internet Explorer -> Main -> WindowsSearch # EnabledScopes

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Windows Components -> Internet Explorer -> Internet Settings -> AutoComplete

Notes

* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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