Microsoft Gets Ready to Roll Out Search Highlights on Windows 11

Posted on June 17, 2022 by Laurent Giret in Windows 11 with 2 Comments

The Search Highlights feature that Microsoft introduced on Windows 10 earlier this year is coming to Windows 11 very soon. Search Highlights is already available in Windows 11 version 22H2, which Windows Insiders on the Beta and Release Preview channel can already test. However, the new feature is also included in the latest update for the original version of Windows 11 (21H2) that Microsoft released on the Release Preview channel yesterday.

Search Highlights adds a new panel to Windows Search to showcase interesting moments, holidays, anniversaries, as well as trending searches in your regions. For Windows 11 users connected with an enterprise account, Search Highlights will also feature organizational content such as people, files, and more.

“Search highlights will roll out to Windows 11 customers over the next several weeks. We are taking a phased and measured approach,” Microsoft said yesterday. If the company follows its usual release schedule, Search Highlights should become available in the next optional update for Windows 11 coming later this month, and the feature should start rolling out to the public with next month’s Patch Tuesday.

If you’re not interested in having Search Highlights showing up on Windows Search, the good news is that you can easily turn it off. To do so, you need to open the Settings app, go to Privacy & Security, scroll down to More settings, and then toggle off “Show search highlights.”

In addition to Search Highlights, the Windows 11 build 22000.776 Microsoft released for Release Preview Insiders includes various bug fixes, and it addresses an issue that might cause the OS to stop working when you install an application while there’s no network connectivity. Again, this build should be available for non-Insiders as an optional update before the end of the month.

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Comments (2)

2 responses to “Microsoft Gets Ready to Roll Out Search Highlights on Windows 11”

  1. angusmatheson

    It may be easy to turn off, but it is far from intuitive. I hate this feature in Windows 10. It is annoying and distracting and overly cutsie.

  2. navarac

    Trending searches....easily turn it off. To do so, you need to open the Settings app, go to Privacy & Security, scroll down to More settings, and then toggle off “Show search highlights.”


    Another vehicle for adverts, and how long before you cannot turn it off? More crud in other words.