How to Hide Search and Task View from Taskbar in Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with a Search box and a Task View button enabled on the taskbar. They take up valuable space on the taskbar. Although they look like any other regular pinned app, they have no context menu. Windows 10 users may want to hide these controls to get more room for running apps. Here is how to get rid of the Search box and the Task View button on the taskbar.

Windows 10 Search And Task View Enabled

In Windows 10, search is represented by a textbox, which is quite wide and can take up half of the taskbar space on a small screen. To save taskbar space, you have at least two options. You can either hide the search box completely or turn it into a search icon. Both options can save you a lot of taskbar space.

Windows 10 Search And Task View Hidden

To hide search from the taskbar, do the following.

Hide Search from the Taskbar in Windows 10

  1. Right-click on the empty space of the taskbar to open its context menu.
  2. Select the Cortana -> Hidden item to hide both the search box and its icon.Windows 10 Hide Search Box From Taskbar
  3. Select Cortana -> Show Cortana icon to have a circle Cortana icon instead of the search box.Windows 10 Hide Search Box Enable IconWindows 10 Cortana Icon In The Taskbar
  4. To restore the Search box, turn on the Show search box item.

You are done.

Now, let's see how to get rid of the Task View button.

Task View

Windows 10 comes with very special feature - virtual desktops. For users of macOS or Linux, this feature is not new or exciting, since it exists in these operating systems for a long time, but for Windows users it is a step forward. To manage virtual desktops, Windows 10 offers the Task View feature.

Task View appears as a button on the taskbar. When you click it, it opens a full screen pane which combines windows you've opened on every virtual desktop. It allows creating new virtual desktops, re-arranging windows between them, and removing virtual desktops. Also, it has close integration with Timeline in recent versions of the OS.

Besides integrating Virtual Desktops, Task View also replaces the old Alt+Tab UI from earlier versions of Windows.

Hide the Task View button from the Taskbar

    1. Right-click on the empty space of the taskbar to open its context menu.
    2. In the menu, turn off (uncheck) the Show Task View button command to hide the button.Windows 10 Hide Task View Button From Taskbar
    3. To restore the Task View button, turn on (check) the Show Task View button item in the taskbar context menu.

That's it!

6 thoughts on “How to Hide Search and Task View from Taskbar in Windows 10

  1. David Johnson

    Run this with StartisGone and you have a taskbar looking like Windows 8!

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      yeah, exactly! :D

      Reply
  2. Brumfondl

    On a semi related note, do you know if in the preview there is a way to get the same multi-monitor Start Button system as there is in 8.1? In 8.1 you can have the taskbar on one monitor and when you go into the bottom left corner on the other the button comes up and I want that functionality back :)

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I can’t check at this moment, I don’t have my second display here.

      Reply
  3. MDJ

    I find that many people don‘t like these two buttons.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Same here

      Reply

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