Change Cortana Search Box Highlight Transparency in Windows 10

You can Cortana's search box highlight transparency with a simple Registry Tweak. This change has been spotted in Windows 10 build 15014. Let's see how it can be done.

Cortana Opaque Hightlight

To change Cortana Search Box Text Transparency in Windows 10, you need to apply a Registry tweak. Open Registry Editor and go to the following Registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search\Flighting\0\SearchBoxTransparencyHighlight

Set the DWORD value named Value to the desired level of transparency. 0 means fully transparent. 100 means completely opaque (back text). I will set it to 100.Cortana Change Hightlight Transparency

Repeat the same under

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search\Flighting\1\SearchBoxTransparencyHighlight

Restart Explorer and you are done! The text in the search box of Cortana will be semi-transparent.

Here is how Cortana looks out of the box.

Cortana Default Background In 15014Hover the search box with the mouse pointer. It will be highlighted (see the image below).

Cortana Default Hightlight

Here is the example of the opaque highlight:

Cortana Opaque Hightlight

This is how the transparent highlight looks like:

Cortana Transparent HightlightIn this mode, it is a good idea to enable White Text in Cortana (Search Box). See this screenshot:

Cortana Transparent Background

You can also set the transparent background for Cortana and change Cortana's search box text transparency in Windows 10.

That's it.

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