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How to enable Cortana new immersive (floating search bar) on Windows 10

Cortana is getting a new interface that floats above the desktop, and here are the steps to activate it on Windows 10 (build 17040).

Microsoft is currently testing a new immersive Cortana experience for Windows 10 (Redstone 4) that is no longer attached to the Taskbar, instead the new search box floats on the desktop.

The new feature appears in Windows 10 build 17040, but it’s not enabled by default. However, if you’re an Insider, you can give it a try editing the Registry.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to enable the new floating search on Windows 10 build 17040.

How to enable floating Cortana experience

Warning: It’s very important to note that modifying the Windows Registry can cause serious problems if not used properly. It’s assumed you know what you’re doing and that you have created a full backup of your system before proceeding.
  1. Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command.

  2. Type regedit, and click OK to open the Registry.

  3. Browse the following path:

  4. Right-click the Flighting (folder) key, select New, and click on Key.

    Flighting (regedit)
    Flighting (regedit)
  5. Name the key Override and press Enter.

  6. Right-click the “Override” key, select Key, and select DWORD (32-bit) Value.

    Override (regedit)
    Override (regedit)
  7. Name the DWORD ImmersiveSearch and press Enter.

  8. Double-click the “ImmersiveSearch” DWORD and make sure to change its value from 0 to 1.

    ImmersiveSearch DWORD to enable Cortana floating experience
    ImmersiveSearch DWORD to enable Cortana floating experience
  9. Click OK.

Once you’ve completed the steps, right-click the Taskbar, select Cortana, and click the Show Cortana icon option. Then you can click the Cortana button, and the new floating search bar experience should open up in the desktop.

Credit: @vitorgrs and @4j17h.