Personalization Add or Remove Search Button on Taskbar in Windows 11


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

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.

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

The new search on the taskbar experience is now available starting with Windows 11 Build 22621.1344.

Starting with Windows 11 build 23440 (Dev), Microsoft is exploring a new hover behavior for the search box and search highlight gleam. The proposed interaction model aims to create a more engaging search experience by invoking the search flyout when you hover over the search box gleam.


The icon or graphics on the right side of the Search Box is part of the Search Highlights feature that can be removed if wanted.



Contents

  • Option One: Add or Remove Search Button on Taskbar for Current User in Settings
  • Option Two: Add or Remove Search Button on Taskbar for Current User using REG file
  • Option Three: Add or Remove Search Button on Taskbar for All Users in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Four: Add or Remove Search Button on Taskbar for All Users using REG file


EXAMPLE: Search button on taskbar

Hide_Search_on_taskbar.png

Search_icon_only_on_taskbar.png

Search_icon_and_label_on_taskbar.png

Hide_Search_box_on_taskbar.png





Option One

Add or Remove Search Button on Taskbar for Current User 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 Select Hide, Search icon only, Search icon and label, or Search box (default) for what you want. (see screenshot below)

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 for Current User using REG file


1 Do step 2 (hide), step 3 (Search icon only), step 4 (Search box), or step 5 (Search icon and label) 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 Icon and Label 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_icon_and_label_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.




Option Three

Add or Remove Search Button on Taskbar for All Users in Local Group Policy Editor


This option is only available starting with Windows 11 build 25295.

You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.

Local Group Policy Editor will only be available in the Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Four below instead for the same policy.


1 Open the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc).

2 Navigate to the location below in the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search

Search_on_taskbar_gpedit-1.png

3 In the right pane of Search in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Configures search on the taskbar policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4 Do step 5 (specify) or step 6 (default) below for what you want.


 5. Specify Search on Taskbar for All Users

This will override and disable (gray out) Option One and Option Two.


A) Select (dot) Enabled. (see screenshot below)​

B) Under Options, select Hide, Search icon only, Search icon and label, or Search box for what you want in the "Search on the taskbar" drop menu.​

C) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below.​

Search_on_taskbar_gpedit-3.png


 6. Default User Choice Search on Taskbar

This is the default setting to allow users to use Option One and Option Two.


A) Select (dot) Not Configured. (see screenshot below)​

B) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below.​

Search_on_taskbar_gpedit-2.png

7 You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.




Option Four

Add or Remove Search Button on Taskbar for All Users using REG file


This option is only available starting with Windows 11 build 25295.

You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.


1 Do step 2 (Hide), step 3 (Search icon only), step 4 (Search icon and label), step 5 (Search box), or step 6 (default) below for what you want.


 2. Hide Search on Taskbar for All Users

This will override and disable (gray out) Option One and Option Two.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.

Hide_Search_on_taskbar_for_all_users.reg


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

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search]
"SearchOnTaskbarMode"=dword:00000000


 3. Search Icon Only on Taskbar for All Users

This will override and disable (gray out) Option One and Option Two.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.

Search_icon_only_on_taskbar_for_all_users.reg


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

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search]
"SearchOnTaskbarMode"=dword:00000001


 4. Search Icon and Label on Taskbar for All Users

This will override and disable (gray out) Option One and Option Two.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.

Search_icon_and_label_on_taskbar_for_all_users.reg


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

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search]
"SearchOnTaskbarMode"=dword:00000002


 5. Search Box on Taskbar for All Users

This will override and disable (gray out) Option One and Option Two.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.

Search_box_on_taskbar_for_all_users.reg


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

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search]
"SearchOnTaskbarMode"=dword:00000003


 6. Default User Choice for Search on Taskbar

This is the default setting to allow users to use Option One and Option Two.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.

Default_user_choice_for_Search_on_taskbar.reg


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

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search]
"SearchOnTaskbarMode"=-

7 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

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

10 Either restart the explorer process, sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.

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


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Last edited:
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).
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    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
    Desktop 6 TB, 1 TB, 225 GB, all HDDs
    Portable 4TB SSD, 2TB HDD
    A whole army of USB flash memory sticks
    Mouse
    Logitech M317
    Internet Speed
    500 mbps Fiber
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    CalDigit TS4 dock for all my USB stuff, speakers, and connect to Android phone
    HP MFP M277dw laser printer/scanner
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.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Surface Laptop Copilot+ PC
    CPU
    Snapdragon X Elite (12 core) 3.42 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15" HDR
    Screen Resolution
    2496 x 1664
    Hard Drives
    1 TB SSD
    Internet Speed
    Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
Oh well...
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    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
    Desktop 6 TB, 1 TB, 225 GB, all HDDs
    Portable 4TB SSD, 2TB HDD
    A whole army of USB flash memory sticks
    Mouse
    Logitech M317
    Internet Speed
    500 mbps Fiber
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    CalDigit TS4 dock for all my USB stuff, speakers, and connect to Android phone
    HP MFP M277dw laser printer/scanner
Tutorial updated to add options 3 and 4 for new group policy available starting with build 25295. :alien:
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Surface Laptop Copilot+ PC
    CPU
    Snapdragon X Elite (12 core) 3.42 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15" HDR
    Screen Resolution
    2496 x 1664
    Hard Drives
    1 TB SSD
    Internet Speed
    Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

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