Customize Windows 1903 Version

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  1. Posts : 503
    Windows 10 Pro 19041 x64
       #1

    Customize Windows 1903 Version


    Hello,
    Well, finally today upgraded to 1903 version. Starting to customize it, I know I'll have some questions and will try to ask them to this thread, not to open new threads.
    So here is the first:
    How to clean permanently all the items from the 'Black Square' as on attached screenshot (is it cortana by the way ?)
    How to make the White Search box in the task bar a little shorter / smaller ?
    Answers will be appreciated.
    Thanks
    Motim

    Winver 18362.356 x64
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Customize Windows 1903 Version-clean-search-box.jpg  
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 29,834
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #2

    Hi, recent activities:
    Customize Windows 1903 Version-1.png

    No, this is no longer linked to Cortana. Feel free to read about that change to Cortana and search on the internet. In 1903, Cortana is voice activated only. This will change back again in 20H1. Confused?

    As to Top Apps - search for Top Apps in this forum for threads asking the same question.
    There is a way to get a floating search bar without those shown.

    Customize Windows 1903 Version-1.png

    Note that 1903 is the last build with a fully functional file explorer search - 20H1 is almost complete- no more blue syntax highlighting. 1909 has been a problem after MS's change.
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  3. Ztruker's Avatar
    Posts : 13,502
    Windows 10 Pro X64 20H4 19042.746
       #3

    As far as the Search box on the Taskbar, right click on it, select Show Task View Button.
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  4. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    Posts : 4,999
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #4

    Motim said:
    How to make the White Search box in the task bar a little shorter / smaller ?
    I use 1903 as you do. I see no search box but a search icon as shown below:

    Customize Windows 1903 Version-search-icon.jpg

    Ztruker said:
    As far as the Search box on the Taskbar, right click on it, select Show Task View Button.
    I have never selected it and never seen a search box. Have I missed something?
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  5. AddRAM's Avatar
    Posts : 3,818
    Windows 10 Pro x64
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    Just right click the windows flag ( taskbar icon ) and Search will be on the list.

    It`s not something you`ll use a lot anyway.
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  6. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    Posts : 4,999
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #6

    I press the Windows key + S to bring up the search box.
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  7. AddRAM's Avatar
    Posts : 3,818
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #7

    Why ? (the way I described is easier)
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  8. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    Posts : 4,999
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
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    It is just a matter of personal preference.
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  9. Barman58's Avatar
    Posts : 3,924
    Windows 10 Pro x64 2004 - 19041 - 264 XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
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    I've removed it (Hidden) completely, it insists on searching the internet with Bing, If I search the net I'll use Google, I've spent the last few years training it what I mean when I use certain words or phrases and I've always got chrome running.

    There was a an addon that allowed you to force windows to use Google for taskbar searches, but Microsoft changed things in a recent update to stop it working and have not checked if it's fixed , but I haven't missed the taskbar search at all, (I run my systems with the taskbar hidden anyway so it would have to be a conscious act to find the search bar/icon)

    If I want to search my local system or network I'll use explorer, which is more controllable and used properly the indexing can make it more relevant
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  10. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 29,834
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #10

    You can stop that search searching the web either by
    - setting an appropriate firewall rule
    - using a registry hack

    These are discussed in comments under the relevant tutorial.

    And as said above, the search bar on the taskbar can be hidden quite readily to save space via the option in the taskbar rt click menu.
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