How to disable search from Taskbar on Windows 10

If the Search is taking most of the Taskbar space, use this guide to remove it on Windows 10.

Windows 10 disable Taskbar search
Windows 10 disable Taskbar search

On Windows 10, the search box is located in the Taskbar to give you quick access to search, but it takes a lot of valuable space that you can use to pin other apps.

However, if you would like to make the search box smaller or remove it completely from the Taskbar, Windows 10 has the option to disable it or make it smaller.

In this guide, you’ll learn the easy steps to remove the search box from the Taskbar on Windows 10.

Disable search box from Taskbar on Windows 10

To remove the Taskbar search box on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Right-click the Taskbar on Windows 10.

  2. Select the Search option.

  3. Select the “Hidden” option to disable the search from the Taskbar.

    Windows 10 remove Taskbar search

    Quick note: You can also select the “Show search icon” option to show only the search icon.
  4. (Optional) Clear the “Show search highlights” option to disable the Bing Chat AI button and Bing content when opening the Search experience.

Once you complete the steps, the search box will no longer appear in the Taskbar, giving you more space to pin more apps. However, you can always open the experience with the “Windows key + S” keyboard shortcut or by opening the Start menu and tying the query.

If you want to revert the changes, you can select the “Show search box” option from the “Search” menu.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He's also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ & Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, and LinkedIn.