Set the SafeSearch setting for Search

This policy setting allows you to control the SafeSearch setting used when performing a query in Search.

If you enable this policy setting, you can specify one of three SafeSearch settings, which users won't be able to change:

-Strict: Filter out adult text, images, and videos from search results;

-Moderate: Filter adult images and videos but not text from search results;

-Off: Don't filter adult content from search results.

If you disable or don't configure this policy setting, users can specify the SafeSearch setting.

Supported on: Microsoft Windows 8.1. Not supported on Windows 10 or later
Default Safe Search Setting


  1. Strict
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    Registry PathSOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search
    Value NameConnectedSearchSafeSearch
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value1
  2. Moderate
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    Registry PathSOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search
    Value NameConnectedSearchSafeSearch
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value2
  3. Off
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    Registry PathSOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search
    Value NameConnectedSearchSafeSearch
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value3


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