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.

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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.

Some devices will receive different visual treatments for search on the taskbar.

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Starting with Windows 11 build 25252 and build 22621.1250, Insiders who get this experience will have the ability to change the treatment of search on taskbar in settings

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


EXAMPLE: Search button on taskbar

Windows_Search.jpg





Option One

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)


Search_button_on_taskbar_Settings-1.png

3 Perform one of the available actions below: (see screenshots below)
  • Turn On (default) or Off Search for what you want on the right side under Taskbar items.
  • In Windows 11 build 25252 and higher, select Hide, Search icon only, Search box (default), or Search button for what you want.
Search_button_on_taskbar_Settings-2.png
Search_button_on_taskbar_Settings-3.png

4 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Two

Add or Remove Search Button on Taskbar using REG file


1 Do step 2 (hide), step 3 (Search icon only), step 4 (Search box), or step 5 (Search button) below for what you would like to do.

2 Hide Search on Taskbar

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.

Hide_Search_on_taskbar.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

3 Show Search Icon Only on Taskbar

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.

Show_Search_icon_only_on_taskbar.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

4 Show Search Box on Taskbar

This is only available starting with Windows 11 build 25252.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.

Show_Search_box_on_taskbar.reg


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

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search]
"SearchboxTaskbarMode"=dword:00000002

5 Show Search Button on Taskbar

This is only available starting with Windows 11 build 25252.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.

Show_Search_button_on_taskbar.reg


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

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search]
"SearchboxTaskbarMode"=dword:00000003

6 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

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

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


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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I'm on 22H2 Build 22621.1105. I have the pill-shaped search icon in my Taskbar (magnifying glass with "Search" label). Settings/Personalization/etc. doesn't give me the choice of presentation style, just ON/OFF.

Will Option 3 give me the magnifying glass icon with no label?

(I don't want to apply the registry fix if it's not the thing to do for my release).
 

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I'm on 22H2 Build 22621.1105. I have the pill-shaped search icon in my Taskbar (magnifying glass with "Search" label). Settings/Personalization/etc. doesn't give me the choice of presentation style, just ON/OFF.

Will Option 3 give me the magnifying glass icon with no label?

(I don't want to apply the registry fix if it's not the thing to do for my release).

Hello Buddy, :alien:

I'm afraid in the 22621.1105 build, you can still only turn on or off the Search button.

The REG file in step 3 of option two will still only show the Search button in this build.
 

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Oh well...
 

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    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10
    CPU
    i5-1240p
    Memory
    16gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Whatever comes in it
    Sound Card
    Whatever comes in it
    Monitor(s) Displays
    No external monitor. Yet.
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    Internal 512 GB SSD
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    A whole army of USB flash memory sticks
    Mouse
    Logitech M317
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