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Disable Taskbar Search Box in Windows 10 Creators Update

Cortana is a digital assistant bundled with Windows 10. You can control it using voice commands or type into its search box to find various information from the web or automate certain tasks on your computer. By default, its search box is visible in the taskbar. Here is how to disable it.

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This is how the taskbar looks out of the box in Windows 10 "Creators Update":

Cortana Default Background In 15014It takes a lot of space, so you may want to use a special icon instead or disable the Cortana's search options completely.

How to disable the search box in taskbar in Windows 10, you need to do the following.

 

  1. Right click the taskbar.Windows 10 Taskbar Context Menu
  2. Go to the Cortana item in the context menu.Taskbar Context Menu Cortana Item
  3. Set it to "Show search icon" to get only the icon in the taskbar. Taskbar Cortana Icon Enabled
    The result will be as follows:Taskbar Cortana Icon
  4. To remove the search box completely, set Cortana to "Hidden":Taskbar Cortana HiddenThe search box will disappear from the taskbar.Disable Taskbar Search Box In Windows 10

Note: Once you disable the search icon to save taskbar space, you can still search through your apps and documents. Open the Start menu by pressing the Win key or clicking the Start button. Do not click on any tile or icon. Instead, on the keyboard, start typing the required term. Windows 10 will pick up your queries.Windows 10 Search In ActionCortana can do many interesting things. With the help of Cortana, Windows 10 allows performing some basic calculations like addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and unit conversion. Another lesser known feature of Cortana is the ability to find the meaning of a word. Also, it comes with a number of useful text commands which can save your time. You can send an email, set a timer and translate words as described in the article "Useful text commands of Cortana you need to know".

Note: In Windows 10 versions older than Windows 10 Creators Update, the "Cortana" context menu item was named "Search".  If you are running some older build, use the search item to toggle the search box in the taskbar as shown below:

Windows 10 search taskbar context menu

That's it.

 

 

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

One thought on “Disable Taskbar Search Box in Windows 10 Creators Update”

  1. So how can you show the search icon on the taskbar instead of the Cortana icon in Windows 10 Creators edition? Don’t want search box and don’t want cortana box or icon.

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