I found it!

How to turn off the annoying web-search in the windows11 task-bar:

Use regedit to add a new dword (32 bits) to Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search

Name the dword as "BingSearchEnabled" and set it's value to zero.

Tada: Now you can use the windows key to type the name of the app you'd like to run without the clutter and delay of pointless web-searches, and without MS getting send the details of every app you run, and without accidentally launching Edge whenever you click the wrong thing in that useless pile of search results.

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@pre did someone do a packet inspection to confirm the searches aren't send to Microsoft anymore? Regardless of that I'll tweak that setting on my wife's laptop 😎👍

@RyuKurisu I did not, but the slight pause while the web-lookup is done before the apps-search results appear is gone.

@pre Can Confirm! Works like a charm! Thank you, good sir!

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