How To Disable the Search Box in the Taskbar

Windows 10 comes with Cortana, a wonderful assistant that could make your Windows experience a lot easier, since it’s able to help you with most things, and you can even ask her practical questions, like what will the Weather be today, show you the latest mails, and so much more.

But for some people the big search box in the Task Bar might be a bit annoying, especially if you run a lot of programs at the same time, the box consumes quite a lot of space. In this tutorial I will show you how to disable the search box in the taskbar. 

This does not disable the search box that appears when you open Start Menu. Only the one that is always in the taskbar.

Disabling the Search Box

Turning off the search box is really easy, Microsoft has been nice and added a option in the right-click menu of the Taskbar.

1. Right-click an empty location on the taskbar.

2. A menu will show up, hover your mouse over Search

3. A secondary menu will show up, now click on Disabled.

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How to Disable the Search Box in Taskbar

That’s it, the search box is now disabled in Windows 10. To enable it, just repeat the same steps and choose which style search box you want in the menu.


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Yuri Pustjens
Yuri Pustjens
2014, 2015 & 2016 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Windows Yuri specializes in troubleshooting (crash analysis and devices), system resource utilisation and system performance. He is also very interested in Customer Security. Yuri can be found as Windows Community Moderator and Wiki Author on Microsoft Answers and is active on different communities all across the web.

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