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Starting with Windows 10 build 17040, there is a hidden new floating Search bar that can be enabled for a more immersive Cortana that Microsoft is testing. This new look is similar to Apple’s macOS Spotlight Search feature.

When you enable the floating Search bar, you can either press Win+S or click/tap on the Cortana icon (taskbar) to open the new floating Search bar UI.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Cortana floating Search bar for your account in Windows 10.
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Floating Search bar requirements:
  1. Cortana enabled.
  2. Hide or show Cortana icon on the taskbar. The floating Search bar will not work if you set to show search box on taskbar.

EXAMPLE: Cortana floating Search bar enabled
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Here's How:
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The .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.


ImmersiveSearch DWORD

(delete) = Disable
1 = Enable

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

 2. To Enable Cortana Floating Search Bar

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



 3. To Disable Cortana Floating Search Bar

NOTE: This is the default setting.

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



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

That's it,