Policy CSP - Search


Search policies

Search/AllowCloudSearch
Search/AllowFindMyFiles
Search/AllowIndexingEncryptedStoresOrItems
Search/AllowSearchToUseLocation
Search/AllowStoringImagesFromVisionSearch
Search/AllowUsingDiacritics
Search/AllowWindowsIndexer
Search/AlwaysUseAutoLangDetection
Search/DisableBackoff
Search/DisableRemovableDriveIndexing
Search/DoNotUseWebResults
Search/PreventIndexingLowDiskSpaceMB
Search/PreventRemoteQueries

Search/AllowCloudSearch

Edition Windows 10 Windows 11
Home No No
Pro Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes
Enterprise Yes Yes
Education Yes Yes

Scope:

  • Device

Allow search and Cortana to search cloud sources like OneDrive and SharePoint. This policy allows corporate administrators to control whether employees can turn off/on the search of these cloud sources. The default policy value is to allow employees access to the setting that controls search of cloud sources.

ADMX Info:

  • GP English name: Allow Cloud Search
  • GP name: AllowCloudSearch
  • GP element: AllowCloudSearch_Dropdown
  • GP path: Windows Components/Search
  • GP ADMX file name: Search.admx

The following list shows the supported values:

  • 0 – Not allowed.
  • 1 (default) – Allowed.

Edition Windows 10 Windows 11
Home No No
Pro Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes
Enterprise Yes Yes
Education Yes Yes

Scope:

  • Device

Search/AllowFindMyFiles

Edition Windows 10 Windows 11
Home No No
Pro Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes
Enterprise Yes Yes
Education Yes Yes

Scope:

  • Device

Controls if the user can configure search to Find My Files mode, which searches files in secondary hard drives and also outside of the user profile. Find My Files does not allow users to search files or locations to which they do not have access.

ADMX Info:

  • GP English name: Allow Find My Files
  • GP name: AllowFindMyFiles
  • GP path: Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Search
  • GP ADMX file name: Search.admx

The following list shows the supported values:

  • 1 (Default) - Find My Files feature can be toggled (still off by default), and the settings UI is present.
  • 0 - Find My Files feature is turned off completely, and the settings UI is disabled.

Search/AllowIndexingEncryptedStoresOrItems

Edition Windows 10 Windows 11
Home No No
Pro Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes
Enterprise Yes Yes
Education Yes Yes

Scope:

  • Device

Allows or disallows the indexing of items. This switch is for the Windows Search Indexer, which controls whether it will index items that are encrypted, such as the Windows Information Protection (WIP) protected files.

When the policy is enabled, WIP protected items are indexed and the metadata about them are stored in an unencrypted location. The metadata includes things like file path and date modified.

When the policy is disabled, the WIP protected items are not indexed and do not show up in the results in Cortana or file explorer. There may also be a performance impact on photos and Groove apps if there are a lot of WIP protected media files on the device.

Most restricted value is 0.

ADMX Info:

  • GP English name: Allow indexing of encrypted files
  • GP name: AllowIndexingEncryptedStoresOrItems
  • GP path: Windows Components/Search
  • GP ADMX file name: Search.admx

The following list shows the supported values:

  • 0 – Not allowed.
  • 1 (default) – Allowed.

Search/AllowSearchToUseLocation

Edition Windows 10 Windows 11
Home No No
Pro Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes
Enterprise Yes Yes
Education Yes Yes

Scope:

  • Device

Specifies whether search can leverage location information.

Most restricted value is 0.

ADMX Info:

  • GP English name: Allow search and Cortana to use location
  • GP name: AllowSearchToUseLocation
  • GP path: Windows Components/Search
  • GP ADMX file name: Search.admx

The following list shows the supported values:

  • 0 – Not allowed.
  • 1 (default) – Allowed.

Search/AllowStoringImagesFromVisionSearch

This policy has been deprecated.


Search/AllowUsingDiacritics

Edition Windows 10 Windows 11
Home No No
Pro Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes
Enterprise Yes Yes
Education Yes Yes

Scope:

  • Device

Allows the use of diacritics.

Most restricted value is 0.

ADMX Info:

  • GP English name: Allow use of diacritics
  • GP name: AllowUsingDiacritics
  • GP path: Windows Components/Search
  • GP ADMX file name: Search.admx

The following list shows the supported values:

  • 0 – Not allowed.
  • 1 (default) – Allowed.

Search/AllowWindowsIndexer

Edition Windows 10 Windows 11
Home No No
Pro Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes
Enterprise Yes Yes
Education Yes Yes

Scope:

  • Device

Allow Windows indexer. Value type is integer.


Search/AlwaysUseAutoLangDetection

Edition Windows 10 Windows 11
Home No No
Pro Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes
Enterprise Yes Yes
Education Yes Yes

Scope:

  • Device

Specifies whether to always use automatic language detection when indexing content and properties.

Most restricted value is 0.

ADMX Info:

  • GP English name: Always use automatic language detection when indexing content and properties
  • GP name: AlwaysUseAutoLangDetection
  • GP path: Windows Components/Search
  • GP ADMX file name: Search.admx

The following list shows the supported values:

  • 0 – Not allowed.
  • 1 (default) – Allowed.

Search/DisableBackoff

Edition Windows 10 Windows 11
Home No No
Pro Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes
Enterprise Yes Yes
Education Yes Yes

Scope:

  • Device

If enabled, the search indexer backoff feature will be disabled. Indexing will continue at full speed even when system activity is high. If disabled, backoff logic will be used to throttle back indexing activity when system activity is high. Default is disabled.

ADMX Info:

  • GP English name: Disable indexer backoff
  • GP name: DisableBackoff
  • GP path: Windows Components/Search
  • GP ADMX file name: Search.admx

The following list shows the supported values:

  • 0 (default) – Disable.
  • 1 – Enable.

Search/DisableRemovableDriveIndexing

Edition Windows 10 Windows 11
Home No No
Pro Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes
Enterprise Yes Yes
Education Yes Yes

Scope:

  • Device

This policy setting configures whether or not locations on removable drives can be added to libraries.

If you enable this policy setting, locations on removable drives cannot be added to libraries. In addition, locations on removable drives cannot be indexed.

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, locations on removable drives can be added to libraries. In addition, locations on removable drives can be indexed.

ADMX Info:

  • GP English name: Do not allow locations on removable drives to be added to libraries
  • GP name: DisableRemovableDriveIndexing
  • GP path: Windows Components/Search
  • GP ADMX file name: Search.admx

The following list shows the supported values:

  • 0 (default) – Disable.
  • 1 – Enable.

Search/DoNotUseWebResults

Edition Windows 10 Windows 11
Home No No
Pro Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes
Enterprise Yes Yes
Education Yes Yes

Scope:

  • Device

Don't search the web or display web results in Search.

This policy setting allows you to control whether or not Search can perform queries on the web, and if the web results are displayed in Search. If you enable this policy setting, queries won't be performed on the web and web results won't be displayed when a user performs a query in Search.

If you disable this policy setting, queries will be performed on the web and web results will be displayed when a user performs a query in Search.

ADMX Info:

  • GP English name: Don't search the web or display web results in Search
  • GP name: DoNotUseWebResults
  • GP path: Windows Components/Search
  • GP ADMX file name: Search.admx

The following list shows the supported values:

  • 0 - Not allowed. Queries won't be performed on the web and web results won't be displayed when a user performs a query in Search.
  • 1 (default) - Allowed. Queries will be performed on the web and web results will be displayed when a user performs a query in Search.

Search/PreventIndexingLowDiskSpaceMB

Edition Windows 10 Windows 11
Home No No
Pro Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes
Enterprise Yes Yes
Education Yes Yes

Scope:

  • Device

Enabling this policy prevents indexing from continuing after less than the specified amount of hard drive space is left on the same drive as the index location. Select between 0 and 1.

Enable this policy if computers in your environment have extremely limited hard drive space.

When this policy is disabled or not configured, Windows Desktop Search automatically manages your index size.

ADMX Info:

  • GP English name: Stop indexing in the event of limited hard drive space
  • GP name: StopIndexingOnLimitedHardDriveSpace
  • GP path: Windows Components/Search
  • GP ADMX file name: Search.admx

The following list shows the supported values:

  • 0 – Disable.
  • 1 (default) – Enable.

Search/PreventRemoteQueries

Edition Windows 10 Windows 11
Home No No
Pro Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes
Enterprise Yes Yes
Education Yes Yes

Scope:

  • Device

If enabled, clients will be unable to query this computer's index remotely. Thus, when they are browsing network shares that are stored on this computer, they will not search them using the index. If disabled, client search requests will use this computer's index..

ADMX Info:

  • GP English name: Prevent clients from querying the index remotely
  • GP name: PreventRemoteQueries
  • GP path: Windows Components/Search
  • GP ADMX file name: Search.admx

The following list shows the supported values:

  • 0 – Disable.
  • 1 (default) – Enable.