Windows 10: Lost search icon Solved

  1.    01 Mar 2017 #1

    Lost search icon

    I have a new laptop with windows 10 home.
    Cortana suddenly appeared last night. It might be useful, but only seems to want to search the internet.
    I have managed to hide/disable it but have lost the search icon which searched my PC only; how do I get it back please?
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
       01 Mar 2017 #2

    Hello Joe, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    What method did you use to hide/disable Cortana? This is important because some methods will also disable Windows Search.

    Normally, you could use the method in the tutorial below to safely disable Cortana and still have Search available.

    Cortana - Enable or Disable in Windows 10

    Search Icon or Box - Show or Remove on Windows 10 Taskbar
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  3.    01 Mar 2017 #3

    I right clicked on the taskbar, up to cortana and used the hidden feature
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  4.    01 Mar 2017 #4

    the search icon had disappeared before I hid cortana, I thought by hiding it the search icon might return
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  5. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
       01 Mar 2017 #5

    Ok. Good, you just hid it.

    You could use the first tutorial I posted above to disable Cortana.

    Afterwards, use the second tutorial to show the "Search" icon on your taskbar again.
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  6.    01 Mar 2017 #6

    Thanks I'll try that, would it be ok just to go to the second tutorial and have both cortana and the search icon?
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  7.    01 Mar 2017 #7


    Got the search item on my taskbar after tutorial one.
    My brain hurts now so I'll leave it at that.
    Many thanks for your help, I know where to look in the future
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  8. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 33,158
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
       01 Mar 2017 #8

    Great news.
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