How to Turn On or Off Cloud Content Search in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to enable or disable cloud content search 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.

With Windows Search, one can search their local device for files, settings, apps. If one signs in with a personal Microsoft account or work and school accounts, they can also use Windows Search to search their OneDrive, Outlook and SharePoint, including other Microsoft services.

Because Windows Search can return results from the web, you can also enable or disable SafeSearch to help keep adult content out of your web previews.

There are also filters that one can use to make sure only content and location a user wants to search is shown in the results.

How to enable or disable cloud content search in Windows 11

As mentioned above, 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.

Below is how to enable or disable cloud content search:

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.

windows 11 privacy security search permissions updated

On the Privacy & security > Search permissions settings pane, under Microsoft account, toggle the buttons to On or Off for Microsoft account and/or Work or School account.

windows 11 cloud content search updated

You can now exit the Settings app.

If you turn on the Work or School account setting for Cloud content search, Windows Search will show results from OneDrive for Business, Outlook, SharePoint, and more from Microsoft Search.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

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

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