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

    How to Hide or Show Search Box or Search Icon on Taskbar in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Customization
    05 May 2021
    Designer Media Ltd



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


    Search Windows and the web from the taskbar to find help, apps, files, settings—you name it. You can also get quick answers from the web—like weather, stock prices, currency conversion, and much more—and get to websites faster by using links in the preview pane.

    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 select to hide or show the separate Search and Cortana buttons on the taskbar now.

    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.

    UPDATE: Search and Cortana are now separated for everyone.

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

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

    You can press the Win + S keys to open Search.


    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 have tablet mode turned on, then you will see this below when you right click on the taskbar instead.
    Hide or Show Search Box or Search Icon on Taskbar in Windows 10-taskbar_tablet_mode.png



    Contents

    • Option One: To Hide or Show Search Box or Search Icon on Taskbar in Taskbar Context Menu
    • Option Two: To Hide or Show Search Box or Search Icon on Taskbar in Taskbar Settings
    • Option Three: To Hide or Show Search Box or Search Icon on Taskbar using a BAT File



    EXAMPLE: Search box and search icon on taskbar
    Hide or Show Search Box or Search Icon on Taskbar in Windows 10-search_box.jpg Hide or Show Search Box or Search Icon on Taskbar in Windows 10-search_icon.jpg






    OPTION ONE

    To Hide or Show Search Box or Search Icon on Taskbar in Taskbar Context Menu


    This option is no longer available starting with Windows 10 build 21337 and higher.


    1 Right click or press and hold on the taskbar on your main display, click/tap on Search, and click/tap on Hidden, Show search icon, or Show search box for what you want to check.

    The search box will only display on the main display.
    Show search box will not be available if the taskbar location is not on the bottom of the main display.
    Show search box will not be available if you use small taskbar buttons.
    Show search box will not be available if the screen resolution of the main display is set below 1024 x 768.


    Hide or Show Search Box or Search Icon on Taskbar in Windows 10-search_taskbar_context_menu.jpg






    OPTION TWO

    To Hide or Show Search Box or Search Icon on Taskbar in Taskbar Settings


    This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 21337 and higher.


    1 Open Settings, and click/tap on the Personalization icon.

    2 Click/tap on Taskbar on the left side. (see screenshot below)

    3 Select Hidden, Show search icon, or Show search box for what you want in the Search drop menu on the right side.

    4 You can now close Settings if you like.

    Hide or Show Search Box or Search Icon on Taskbar in Windows 10-search_button_in_taskbar_settings.jpg






    OPTION THREE

    To Hide or Show Search Box or Search Icon on Taskbar using a BAT File Download


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

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search

    SearchboxTaskbarMode DWORD

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


    1 Do step 2 (search box), step 3 (search icon), or step 4 (hide) below for what you want.

    2 To Show Search Box on Taskbar

    The search box will only display on the main display.
    Show search box will not be available if the taskbar location is not on the bottom of the main display.
    Show search box will not be available if you use small taskbar buttons.
    Show search box will not be available if the screen resolution of the main display is set below 1024 x 768.

    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 Search Icon on Taskbar

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

    Show_search_icon_on_taskbar.bat

    Download


    4 To Hide Search on Taskbar

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

    Hide_search_on_taskbar.bat

    Download


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

    6 If prompted, click/tap on Run.

    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 Brink



  1. Charlie's Avatar
    Posts : 719
    win 7 dual boot / 10
       #1

    Yes I kinda like the way that looks. Thanks Brink.
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  2. Posts : 9
    Win 10
       #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
    Posts : 60,466
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #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. Posts : 9
    Win 10
       #4

    Brink said:
    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. Posts : 9
    Win 10
       #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
    Posts : 60,466
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    What edition of Windows 10 do you have installed?

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

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...en-forums.html
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  7. Posts : 5
    windows 10
       #7

    it didn't work here...
    Hide or Show Search Box or Search Icon on Taskbar in Windows 10-sem-titulo.jpg
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  8. Posts : 9
    Win 10
       #8

    jhonatanjhs said:
    it didn't work here...
    Hide or Show Search Box or Search Icon on Taskbar in Windows 10-sem-titulo.jpg
    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
    Posts : 60,466
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #9

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