Enable hidden secret Search box in Windows 10 build 9879

The latest Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9879 allows you to turn the search icon in the taskbar into a search box. This feature is disabled by default, but here is how you can unlock it and get an idea of what is planned for future builds of Windows 10. The search box in the Taskbar is a nice idea. In fact, with Windows Search for XP, you had a similar search box in the taskbar. Read the rest of the article to learn how to switch between the search icon and the search box in the taskbar on Windows 10.


Here you go:
  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to the following Registry key:

    Tip: See how to jump to the desired Registry key with one click.

  3. Create a new DWORD value named EnableSearchBox and set it to 1. If you already have this value, then just modify its value data from 0 to 1. See the following screenshot:
  4. Sign out and log in back to your Windows account. Alternatively, you can just restart the Explorer shell.
  5. Now, you will see a new Search box in the taskbar of Windows 10!
    taskbar searchbox Windows 10
    You can revert it back again to the search icon via the taskbar context menu. New options will appear there:
    taskbar search options Windows 10
    Check the Search - Show search icon item to restore the Search icon on the taskbar:
    taskbar search icon Windows 10

That's it. I made ready to use *.reg files which you can download and avoid manual Registry editing. Double click the Enable Search Box Windows 10.reg file to enable the search box or import the Disable Search Box Windows 10.reg to disable the new search options. Do not forget to restart the Explorer shell for the tweak to take effect.
Click here to download Registry files.

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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.

5 thoughts on “Enable hidden secret Search box in Windows 10 build 9879”

  1. For some reason my search box & button opens the purple search screen then turns white & thats it… any ideas?

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