How to Turn On of Off Search Highlights in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to show or hide search highlights in Windows 11. Windows Search lets you search from your taskbar to find what you’re looking for, whether it’s on your device, in the cloud, or on the web.

Microsoft will begin rolling out an update for Search in Windows that highlights interesting moments in time. This new feature is called search highlights. Right from the taskbar, when you search Windows Search will now discover what’s trending online, in the world, and in your organization.

The search box in Start and Search will periodically update with content, including fun illustrations, that help you discover more, like holidays, anniversaries, and other interesting moments in time both globally and in your region.

You also have control over the search highlights experience where if you prefer not to see this, you can turn it off or back on in Settings > Privacy & security > Search settings and toggling “Show search highlights”. 

How to enable or disable search highlights in Windows 11

As mentioned above, begin rolling out an update for Search in Windows called search highlights that will allow user use Windows Search to discover what’s trending online, in the world, and in your organization.

Below is how to enable or disable search highlights in Windows 11

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its Settings app.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Privacy & security > Search permissions tile to expand it.

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On the Privacy & security > Search permissions settings pane, under More settings, toggle the button to On or Off.

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You can close the Setting app.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable or disable search highlights in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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