How to search in Windows 10 Start menu with search box disabled

In Windows 10, you can get rid of the search box from the taskbar.
Windows 10 clean taskbar Many users are getting confused when they turn off the search box because they don't know where to type to search for an app or a document. This is definitely possible in Windows 10.


Once you disable the search icon to save taskbar space, you still can search through your apps and documents.

    1. Open the Start menu by pressing the Win key or clicking the Start button.
    2. Do not click on any tile or icon. Windows 10 Search without search box
    3. On the keyboard, start typing the required term. Windows 10 will pick up your queries. Search without search box
    4. Use shortcuts to save your time. See the article: Search apps faster in the Start menu in Windows 10.

That's it. This is not so obvious hence many users are asking how would they search if the taskbar search box was disabled.

6 thoughts on “How to search in Windows 10 Start menu with search box disabled

  1. Amin

    Or just by press win key + q

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    1. Shawn

      Or Win+S

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  2. TDI78

    This is great! I’ve always thought the search bar was super ugly and a big waste of space, but I used it to quickly find applications. Now I can remove it and still access Search easier then ever! Thanks!

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  3. John

    I accidently disabled something when trying to tweak windows and now I can’t search like this anymore, but the Search service is running, if anyone knows what to do to turn it back on please let me know!

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Maybe it was Cortana?

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  4. Mitja Klokočovnik

    Does anyone know how to disable this search option?
    I’m making custom configuration for users and I don’t want them to have this option.

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