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How to Change or Remove Cortana Search Box Text in Windows 10

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Searching in Cortana on your taskbar makes it easier for you to search the web and Windows.

Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14946, you can change or remove the default Ask me anything Cortana search box text.

This tutorial will how you how to change or remove the default "Ask me anything" Cortana search box text for your account in Windows 10.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Change or Remove Cortana Search Box Text
  • Option Two: To Restore Default "Ask me anything" Cortana Search Box Text


EXAMPLE: Cortana search box text
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Cortana Search Box Text - Change or Remove in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Cortana Search Box Text - Change or Remove in Windows 10
To Change or Remove Cortana Search Box Text

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The downloadable .reg file in step 1 below will modify the Current and RotateFlight DWORD values to 0 in the registry key below.

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search\Flighting

The downloadable .reg file in step 1 below will also add the Value string value in the registry key below for you to modify in the steps below with the text you want to show in the search box.

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search\Flighting\0\SearchBoxText


1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the REG file below.

Change_Cortana_Search_Box_Text.reg

download

A) Save the .reg file to your desktop.

B) Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

C) If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

2. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type regedit, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.

3. Navigate to the registry key below in the left pane of Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search\Flighting\0\SearchBoxText

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4. In the right pane of the SearchBoxText key, double click/tap on the Value string value to modify it. (see screenshot above)

5. Enter the text you want to show in the search box, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
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To remove the search box text, you could enter just a single space instead.


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6. Restart explorer to apply.

7. When finished, you can close Registry Editor and delete the downloaded .reg file if you like. (see screenshot below)

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Cortana Search Box Text - Change or Remove in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Cortana Search Box Text - Change or Remove in Windows 10
To Restore Default "Ask me anything" Cortana Search Box Text

Note   Note
The downloadable .bat file below will delete the Value string value in the registry key below.

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search\Flighting\0\SearchBoxText


1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below.

Default_Cortana_Search_Box_Text.bat

download

2. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

3. Unblock the .bat file.

4. Run the .bat file.

5. You will now notice your screen flicker and a command prompt quickly open and close as explorer is restarted to apply the registry changes.

6. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn