Turn Off Address Bar Search in Internet Explorer

Anybody else have an issue with Internet Explorer 9 when you type in something short like "sharepoint" in the address bar, and it searches for that term instead of taking you to your Sharepoint server? This new and wonderful “FEATURE” of Microsoft’s can be disabled as per this Microsoft Knowledge Base article.

There are 3 different methods you can use to disable the address bar search in IE 9:

Method 1: Using Tools menu in Internet Explorer

  1. Click Internet Options
  2. Click the Advanced tab 
  3. Check the option Go to an intranet site for a single word entry in the Address bar.

Method 2: Using Group Policy

Local or Domain Administrators can configure this setting by using Group Policy.
  1. Click Start > Run 
  2. Type gpedit.msc, and then click OK.
  3. Expand User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet Explorer.
  4. Then expand Internet Settings > Advanced Settings > Browsing 
  5. Set Go to an intranet site for a single word entry in the Address bar according to your desired settings. 
You have to update policies or restart the computer to apply changes.

Method 3: Using registry key

Important: This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. We recommend using one of the above methods if possible.


  1. I hate this "feature." If I want to search the internet I will go to a search site. if I typed something in the location bar I don't need a browser telling me I must not want to go to that url.

  2. Since there's a lot of incompetent PC users, we're all stuck with MS dumbing down everything to the lowest common denominator...makes it a bitch to administer the devices when you have to change every OS setting to make it usable.