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    Hide or Show Cortana Button on Taskbar in Windows 10

    How to Hide or Show Cortana Button on Taskbar in Windows 10
    Published by Category: General Tips
    11 Jul 2020
    Designer Media Ltd

    How to Hide or Show Cortana Button on Taskbar in Windows 10


    Cortana is your cloud-based personal assistant that works across your devices and other Microsoft services. Depending on the capabilities of your device and the version of Cortana you’re using, Cortana can provide a range of features, some of which are personalized. Cortana on Windows is available in certain regions and languages. If Cortana isn’t available for your Windows device, you can still search for files on your device in the search box on the taskbar. Cortana is also available on other platforms, such as Android and iOS, in select markets.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 18305.1003, Microsoft separated the Search and Cortana UI by giving them individual buttons and flyouts on the taskbar. The separate Search and Cortana features are currently only available for some Windows Insiders using A/B testing. If you have been included in this A/B testing, you can now select to hide or show the separate Search and Cortana buttons on the taskbar.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 18317, Microsoft will be decoupling Search and Cortana in the taskbar. This will enable each experience to innovate independently to best serve their target audiences and use cases. Some Insiders have had this update for a few weeks now. For those new to this update, when it rolls out to you, you’ll find clicking the search box in the taskbar now launches our experience focused on giving you the best in house search experience and clicking the Cortana icon will launch you straight into our voice-first digital assistant experience.

    This tutorial will show you how to hide or show the separate Cortana button on the taskbar for your account in Windows 10.


    Contents

    • Option One: Hide or Show Cortana Button on Taskbar from Taskbar Context Menu
    • Option Two: Hide or Show Cortana Button on Taskbar using a REG file



    EXAMPLE: Separate Search and Cortana buttons on taskbar
    Hide or Show Cortana Button on Taskbar in Windows 10-cortana_button_on_taskbar.jpg






    OPTION ONE

    Hide or Show Cortana Button on Taskbar from Taskbar Context Menu


    1 Right click or press and hold on the taskbar.

    2 Click/tap on Show Cortana button to check (show - default) or uncheck (hide) it for what you want. (see screenshot below)

    Hide or Show Cortana Button on Taskbar in Windows 10-show_cortana_button.jpg






    OPTION TWO

    Hide or Show Cortana Button on Taskbar using a REG file


    The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

    ShowCortanaButton DWORD

    0 = Hide
    1 = Show


    1 Do step 2 (show) or step 3 (hide) below for what you would like to do.


    2 To Show Cortana Button on Taskbar

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Show_Cortana_button_on_taskbar.reg

    Download


    3 To Hide Cortana Button on Taskbar

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Hide_Cortana_button_on_taskbar.reg

    Download

    4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

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

    7 Either restart the explorer process or sign out and sign in to apply.

    8 If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.


    That's it,
    Shawn






  1. Posts : 4,666
    Windows 10 Pro x64 21H1 Build 19043.1151 (Branch: Release Preview)
       #1

    Great tutorial as usual! Thanks!
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  2. Posts : 69,393
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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       #2

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  3. Posts : 49
    Windows 10 Professional Edition
       #3

    It Won't Work


    When i do it, it just... Won't work for me. If you need them my computer specs are: 4GB Ram, Windows 10 Pro, 1TB Hard-drive, Lenovo MAHOBAY Motherboard, and my model number is M92p
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       #4

    JustANormalGuy said:
    When i do it, it just... Won't work for me. If you need them my computer specs are: 4GB Ram, Windows 10 Pro, 1TB Hard-drive, Lenovo MAHOBAY Motherboard, and my model number is M92p
    Hello, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    What build of Windows 10 do you currently have installed?

    What are you seeing instead when using option 1?
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  5. Posts : 49
    Windows 10 Professional Edition
       #5

    it does work


    Brink said:
    Hello, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    What build of Windows 10 do you currently have installed?

    What are you seeing instead when using option 1?
    I'm sorry, but I fixed the solution. And your PC specs are amazing!
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  6. Posts : 69,393
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       #6

    JustANormalGuy said:
    I'm sorry, but I fixed the solution. And your PC specs are amazing!
    Great news.

    What turned out to be the issue?
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  7. Posts : 49
    Windows 10 Professional Edition
       #7

    Brink said:
    Great news.

    What turned out to be the issue?
    the thing that was wrong was that I used winaero tweaker to disable the search button, Cortana button, and notification center button.
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  8. Posts : 69,393
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       #8

    JustANormalGuy said:
    the thing that was wrong was that I used winaero tweaker to disable the search button, Cortana button, and notification center button.
    Thank you for posting back the cause.
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  9. Posts : 1,053
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       #9

    @Brink as supplement to your tutorial How to Install and Uninstall Cortana in Windows 10 I found the registry key to To Add or remove the "Show Cortana button" from the taskbar context MENU that works in Build 19041 version 2004

    Warning
    : Before editing the registry export the key listed below to a safe place in case you choose to reinstall Cortana at a later date.

    Note: Only after I had uninstalled Cortana first using Option Two of the tutorial above was I able to change the IsAvailable DWORD to 0

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Cortana

    IsAvailable DWORD

    0 = Hide
    1 = Show

    Restart windows explorer to apply

    Hide or Show Cortana Button on Taskbar in Windows 10-add-remove-show-cortana-button-taskbar.jpg

    Hide or Show Cortana Button on Taskbar in Windows 10-added-show-cortana-button.jpgHide or Show Cortana Button on Taskbar in Windows 10-removed-show-cortana-button.jpg

    Left picture is Added Show Cortana button & Right picture is Removed Show Cortana button.
    Last edited by IownAmoneyPit; 20 Jul 2020 at 14:07. Reason: Added Warning & Note dialogue.
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