How To Get Rid Of Windows 10 Search Box

Do you want to hide or get rid of Windows 10 search box? One of the most amazing features in the new version of Windows 10 was the Cortana personal assistant that is directly integrated into the taskbar and it takes space in the taskbar.

Well, they not only provide a way to remove the search box from the taskbar, but you can also modify it into an icon, or you can delete it completely. Then it’ll display up on the taskbar only whenever you open the Start Menu (so you can also search for your applications).

We’re not completely sure if we like the idea of a digital assistant, but if you’re using the preview. Then we suggest you test it out at least to give it a chance. If you don’t want it, then you can turn it off and make the search box revert back to the Windows 8.x behavior where it checks your apps as well as the web.

How To Get Rid Of Windows 10 Search Box From Taskbar

Windows 10 Search Box

Remember that hiding the search box can’t actually turn off Cortana — keep reading below for steps on how to do that. This will just hide the Windows 10 search box from the Taskbar.

  1. Just right-tap on any blank space on the taskbar. Then move to Search, and then modify “Show search box” to either “Show Cortana icon” or “Hidden”.
  2. If you change it to an icon, it’ll display a circle.
  3. And if you turn it off entirely, it’ll be erased from the taskbar. Also, you can hide that Task View button while you are at it by just right-tapping and unmarking the box — although we’ll say that the latest task switcher is very nice.

Turning Off Cortana

If you haven’t turned on Cortana, you’ll then view the top of the box that seems like this when you tap on the Search box and then tap the Settings icon. Remember that Cortana is Off. You can also disable the online search and including Bing results whenever you search the Start Menu after flipping that switch off as well.

After you turn off Cortana and Bing, you can then simply hide the icon. It’s best to disable it.

Other Tips To Clean Up Your Taskbar

Clean Up Your Taskbar 


One of the more essential tools is the ability to un-pin or pin apps from your taskbar. You can also fill your taskbar with all of the applications you want to use every day while erasing the ones you don’t want.

Start out by erasing anything you don’t like on your taskbar by right-tapping on the app. Choose ‘Unpin from Taskbar.’ Now the unnecessary app will disappear from your taskbar. If you want the look of a clean taskbar, you can delete everything except Start Menu where you can easily access your apps.

Pinning an app to the taskbar is very easy or simple too. All you need to do is to open the app and right-tap on it. Then tap ‘Pin to Taskbar’ from the pop-up menu. Now, you can tap and drag it where you want it.

Also, you can put all of your apps into a folder, then pin the folder to the taskbar. The process is quite easy or simple. Let’s begin by dragging your icons into a folder, then follow these instructions:

  1. Right-tap any empty space on your desktop and choose ‘New.’ Then, choose ‘Shortcut.’ Browse and choose the folder you’d like to pin.
  2. Before you tap next, input ‘explorer’ in front of the file name without any quotations.
  3. Your new shortcut will also appear on your desktop PC. Just drag it to the taskbar and allow it to pin itself there.

Personalize Your Taskbar

There are many personalization options for your taskbar. With the help of ‘Win+I’ keyboard shortcut, you can open the taskbar settings on Windows 10.

You can also enhance the size of your taskbar simply by toggling off the lock option and using your pointer to drag the bar up. This is best if you have many programs executing at once, all will be shown besides scrolling through pages.

You can also move the location of your taskbar to the left, right, or top of your display screen. Not just this but also you can customize your icons with or without labels. By default, Windows 10 only display the icons of the application that you have open. If you’d prefer, you can also enable the labels.


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