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How to enable new taskbar search options in Windows 11 Build 25158

Here are the steps you need to perform to get the new search in the taskbar on Windows 11 Build 25158. Despite offering this build to the Dev channel (which is supposed to have bleeding edge features), Microsoft rolls out the change to a limited set of Insiders. Let's fix this inconvenience.

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Microsoft is regularly testing various ideas with Dev Channel Insiders. They come with experimental features available to a small group of users, and appear for a brief period of time. After collecting feedback, the company either makes such features available for more users, or hides them to add some improvements. Sometimes Microsoft scrapes a feature completely so it never returns. This way, the company tested the desktop search box, and floating Cortana panel in the past.

Windows 11 Build 25158 includes such an experimental feature that modifies the appearance and behavior of the search control in the taskbar. For some users, it appears like a small text box that says "Search". For other it is a little bigger box that says "Search the web". Finally, for the third group of users it is an updated search button. But for the majority of users the search button appears unchanged.

New Search Button In Windows 11

Here for me, like for many of you, the new search buttons didn't appear. So we will use the famous ViveTool app to access them.

Enable New Search Button in Windows 11 Build 25158

  1. Navigate your browser to this page on GitHub and download the most recent release of ViveTool.
  2. Extract it to the c:\vivetool folder.extract vivetool files
  3. Press Win + X and open Terminal (Admin) from the menu.open Terminal as admin
  4. Finally, type one of the following commands in a PowerShell or Command Prompt tab.
    • c:\vivetool\vivetool.exe /enable /id:39072097 /variant:1 - enable the search box with "Search" text.Windows 11 Enable New Search In Taskbar
    • c:\vivetool\vivetool.exe /enable /id:39072097 /variant:2 - similarly, the command enables the search box with the "Search" word.taskbar search box - variant 1
    • c:\vivetool\vivetool.exe /enable /id:39072097 /variant:3 - enables a new style for the search button with a globe icon inside the magnifier glass.New search in Windows 11 taskbar - globe in magnifier
    • c:\vivetool\vivetool.exe /enable /id:39072097 /variant:4 - the search button will look like a combination of a small magnifier glass and a bigger globe.enable variant 4big globe small magnifier taskbar search button
    • c:\vivetool\vivetool.exe /enable /id:39072097 /variant:5 - enable the search box with the "Search the web" text.Windows 11 Enable New Taskbar Search ButtonButton with the "Search the web" text
  5. Restart the Explorer to apply the change.

You are done. Enjoy the new search experience.

If at some point you decide to stop tinkering these new experimental search options, you can revert the taskbar to its defaults.

Disable the new search options

  1. Right-click the Start button.
  2. Select Terminal (Admin) from the menu.
  3. In the Terminal prompt, enter and run the following command: c:\vivetool\vivetool.exe /disable /id:39072097.Disable the new search options
  4. Restart the Explorer.

💡Tip: If you don't like restarting the Explorer from Task Manager or with any other method, you can sign out from your user account and sign in back. For that, click on your user icon in the start menu and select Sign out from the menu.Windows 11 Sign Out From Start 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.

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