Personalization Add or Remove Search Button on Taskbar in Windows 11

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The Search button on the taskbar allows you to quickly use Windows Search (Win+S) to search for apps, documents, email, files, folders, music, people, photos, settings, and videos on your device, and to search the web.

The Search button on the taskbar also allows you to quickly open your Top apps and Recent apps, and perform Quick searches to web search for today in history, new movies, translate, markets today.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Search button on the taskbar for your account in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Remove Search Button on Taskbar from Taskbar
  • Option Two: Add or Remove Search Button on Taskbar in Settings
  • Option Three: Add or Remove Search Button on Taskbar using REG file


EXAMPLE: Search button on taskbar
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OPTION ONE

Remove Search Button on Taskbar from Taskbar


1 Right click or press and hold on the Search button on the taskbar. (see screenshot below)

2 Click/tap on Hide from taskbar.

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OPTION TWO

Add or Remove Search Button on Taskbar in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Personalization on the left side, and click/tap on Taskbar on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3 Turn On (default) or Off Search for what you want on the right side under Taskbar items. (see screenshot below)

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4 You can now close Settings if you like.





OPTION THREE

Add or Remove Search Button on Taskbar using REG file


1 Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you would like to do.


2 To Add Search Button on Taskbar

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Add_Search_button_on_taskbar_for_current_user.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search]
"SearchboxTaskbarMode"=dword:00000001

3 To Remove Search Button on Taskbar

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Remove_Search_button_on_taskbar_for_current_user.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search]
"SearchboxTaskbarMode"=dword:00000000

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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