Windows 10: Cannot put Cortana back on my taskbar.... HELP! I messed up! Solved

  1.    22 Jan 2016 #1

    Cannot put Cortana back on my taskbar.... HELP! I messed up!


    Ok so, this is my work computer and I did the upgrade to windows 10 and my first reaction was to go thru and get rid of all these apps and things I don't need on a work computer. Well, Cortana was one of the first things to go. Big mistake. I realized later that Cortana was the only way to search my computer for files. I had removed her search box, and the little O icon on my taskbar. The only place she remains is in the start menu.

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    I have been googling for 2 days now trying to figure out how to put that dang search box BACK ONTO MY TASKBAR! I cannot right click the taskbar and select Cortana and choose to hide or place on taskbar or anything of that nature like all the articles I keep reading, because I removed her completely.

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    I cannot drag Cortana out of the start menu and pin it back on the taskbar, it simply will not let me.

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    Nowhere in the settings can I find the option to put Cortana back as a search bar on my taskbar. Or to just put her back on the taskbar as the O icon. I used the search feature from my start menu in Windows 7 daily. Yes, I can open the start menu and click on cortana, then click on the search box and type my inquiry, but 9 times out of 10 I am on the phone with someone spouting off information that needs to be accessed quickly and eliminating the few extra clicks it takes to access Cortana like I am currently, would make me so very happy.

    Can anyone help me with this?! Pretty pretty please with a cherry on top? I am about to rip out my hair over here. Thank you SO MUCH in advance for anyone that has the answer to this!
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       22 Jan 2016 #2

    If you right click at the Start button, do you see Search on the list ?
    If yes, will it open when you click it ?

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  3.    22 Jan 2016 #3

    You could try right clicking on an empty bit of the taskbar then select "search" and choose "Show search icon" or "Show search box"

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...0-taskbar.html


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  4.    22 Jan 2016 #4

    lx07 said: View Post
    You could try right clicking on an empty bit of the taskbar then select "search" and choose "Show search icon" or "Show search box"

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...0-taskbar.html

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    Well now I feel like a huge derp, because that is exactly what I needed!!!!!!!!! Thank you SO MUCH! I can't believe I have wasted so much time trying to figure it out when it was that easy lol, I guess I was expecting it to say something about Cortana!
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