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    Hide or Show Search Box or Cortana Icon on Taskbar in Windows 10

    How to Hide or Show Search Box or Cortana Icon on Taskbar in Windows 10
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    10 Mar 2017
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    How to Hide or Show Search Box or Cortana Icon on Taskbar in Windows 10


    information   Information
    The Search box on your taskbar makes it easier for you to search the web and Windows. It also allows you to be able to turn on or off to have Cortana give you suggestions, ideas, reminders, alerts, and more.


    The Cortana icon on your taskbar makes it easier for you to search everywhere. Searching everywhere searches all below on your PC and online with Bing (if turned on). Bing may also display ads in your search results.
    • Settings = Searches for what you type from Windows settings, and not online.
    • Files = Searches for what you type from files on your PC when the locations and file types have been included in your indexing options. Does not search online.
    • Web images = Searches for what you type from images online with Bing (if turned on). Bing may also give you ads in your search results.
    • Web videos = Searches for what you type from videos online with Bing (if turned on). Bing may also give you ads in your search results.


    This tutorial will show you how to show Cortana icon, show search box, or hide on your taskbar in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    If you have multiple displays, then the search box (if set to show) will only show on the main display with the other displays showing the search icon.

    If you disabled Cortana, you will see a search icon instead of Cortana icon on the taskbar.
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    If you have tablet mode turned on, then you will see this below when you right click on the taskbar instead.
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    Tip   Tip
    You can also always press the Windows+S keys to open search.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Show or Hide Search Box or Cortana Icon on Taskbar in Taskbar Context Menu
    • Option Two: To Show or Hide Search Box or Cortana Icon on Taskbar using a REG File Download


    EXAMPLE: Search on taskbar
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    Hide or Show Search Box or Cortana Icon on Taskbar in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Hide or Show Search Box or Cortana Icon on Taskbar in Windows 10
    To Show or Hide Search Box or Cortana Icon on Taskbar in Taskbar Context Menu

    1. Right click or press and hold on the taskbar on you main display, and do step 2, 3, or 4 below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Show Search Box on your Taskbar

    Note   Note

    • The search box will only display on the main display.
    • The taskbar must be on the bottom of the main display to have the Show search box item in the context menu. If you move the taskbar to the top or sides of the main display, then the Show search box item in the context menu will no longer be available.
    • If you set to use small taskbar buttons, then the Show search box item in the context menu will no longer be available.
    • If the screen resolution of your main display is set below 1024 x 768, then the Show search box item in the context menu will no longer be available.


    A) Click/tap on Cortana, and click/tap on Show search box to check it. (see screenshot below)


     3. To Show Cortana Icon on your Taskbar

    Note   Note
    If you disabled Cortana, you will only have a Search icon available instead of Cortana icon.


    A) Click/tap on Cortana, and click/tap on Show Cortana icon to check it. (see screenshot below)


     4. To Hide Search box and Cortana icon on your Taskbar

    A) Click/tap on Cortana, and click/tap on Hidden to check it. (see screenshot below)
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    Hide or Show Search Box or Cortana Icon on Taskbar in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Hide or Show Search Box or Cortana Icon on Taskbar in Windows 10
    To Show or Hide Search Box or Cortana Icon on Taskbar using a REG File Download


    Note   Note
    The .bat files below are for the registry key and value below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search

    SearchboxTaskbarMode DWORD

    0 = Hidden
    1 = Show Cortana icon
    2 = Show search box


    1. Do step 2, 3, or 4 below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Show Search Box on your Taskbar

    Note   Note

    • The search box will only display on the main display.
    • The taskbar must be on the bottom of the main display to have the Show search box item in the context menu. If you move the taskbar to the top or sides of the main display, then the Show search box item in the context menu will no longer be available.
    • If you set to use small taskbar buttons, then the Show search box item in the context menu will no longer be available.
    • If the screen resolution of your main display is set below 1024 x 768, then the Show search box item in the context menu will no longer be available.


    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .bat file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Show_Search_box_on_Taskbar.bat

    download


     3. To Show Cortana Icon on your Taskbar

    Note   Note
    If you disabled Cortana, you will only have a Search icon available instead of Cortana icon.


    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .bat file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Show_Cortana_icon_on_Taskbar.bat

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     4. To Hide Cortana on your Taskbar

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .bat file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Hide_Cortana_on_Taskbar.bat

    download

    5. Save the .bat file to your desktop, and run it.

    6. If prompted, click/tap on Run.
    NOTE: If you like, you can stop getting the Run prompt by unblocking the downloaded .bat file.

    7. You will now notice your screen flicker as explorer is restarted.



    That's it,
    Shawn


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  1.    09 Nov 2014 #1

    Yes I kinda like the way that looks. Thanks Brink.
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  2.    03 Aug 2015 #2

    The file won't download to show the searchbox on my tool bar. I've tried downloading the bat for a while now. Also putting 2 in for the dword does not work
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  3. Brink's Avatar
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       03 Aug 2015 #3

    Hello fstrausser, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    I'm not sure what had happened, but the download links are fixed now. Please try again.
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  4.    03 Aug 2015 #4

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello fstrausser, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    I'm not sure what had happened, but the download links are fixed now. Please try again.
    No problem. Verified that the download works, however it doens't work for me. I still ONLY have the Cortana Icon option available. The searchbox isn't available.....

    Thoughts?
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  5.    03 Aug 2015 #5

    Also I have tried to change the registry myself.... everytime I change it to 2, it changes back to 1... by itself. We have 3 laptops and a desktop, my laptop is the only one being stupid like this. I really want the searchbar.... other ideas?
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  6. Brink's Avatar
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       03 Aug 2015 #6

    What edition of Windows 10 do you have installed?

    In addition, please post a screenshot showing what you are seeing instead.

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  7.    04 Aug 2015 #7

    it didn't work here...
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  8.    04 Aug 2015 #8

    jhonatanjhs said: View Post
    it didn't work here...
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    My screen shot would be exactly what is posted, but in English....

    I have Windows 10 home edition.
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  9. Brink's Avatar
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       04 Aug 2015 #9

    Please post a screenshot showing all of your taskbar included to see if it may reveal a cause.
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