Skip the Web Search Prompt for Unknown File Extensions (Windows)

If you open a file with an extension that is unknown to Windows, it will react with the following prompt:

I cannot remember to have used the web search a single time, that is why I disabled it long ago. One can accomplish that with a simple registry entry. Open your Windows Registry by entering regedit into a Run... prompt and browse the following key in the left frame:
Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Now you will have to create a value if it is not already present for some reason. Go to the right frame, right-click it and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name it NoInternetOpenWith and set its value to 1.

Close the registry. Now, upon opening a file with an unknown extension, Windows will skip the web search prompt and head straightforward to the list of software available.

1 thought on “Skip the Web Search Prompt for Unknown File Extensions (Windows)”

  1. good trick , but ya know what would be even gooder ?!

    if that always use this app checkbox weren’t checked by default …there are a ton of random ending out there that I’m only looking at toady and may never touch again , so no need to add more stuffs in the tar pits of microsoft’s registry . and besides I don’t always know what to use to open random stuff , so it just makes extra work to set the right association when I find it .

    thanks for the tip .

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