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Tip: Save taskbar space by disabling the search box in Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with new search and task view buttons, which are built in on the taskbar. They take up valuable space on the taskbar. By default, search is represented by a textbox, which is quite wide and can take half of the taskbar on a small screen. Here is a tip which will allow you to save taskbar space.

To save taskbar space, you have at least two options. You can turn off the search box completely or turn it into a search icon. Both options can save you a lot of taskbar space.

Here is how to change the search width.

Disable the search box in the Windows 10 taskbar

Right click the taskbar to open its context menu. In the context menu, pick Search -> Hidden.

Windows 10 search taskbar context menuThis will disable the search box completely.
Before:

Windows 10 search box enabledAfter:

Windows 10 search box disabled

Show search as an icon on the Windows 10 taskbar

Here is an alternative. Right click the taskbar and select Search -> Show search icon from the context menu.

Windows 10 search iconThe result will be as follows:

Windows 10 search icon on taskbar


Bonus tip: In the same way, you can get rid of the taskview button. Windows 10 taskview iconThis will free up more space on the taskbar.

Windows 10 clean taskbarOnce you hide the Task View button, you can manage virtual desktops with the additional hotkeys mentioned here: Hotkeys to manage Virtual Desktops in Windows 10 (Task View).

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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