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Sunday, August 15, 2021

Hide the Cortana Search Box on the Windows 10 Taskbar


Removing the Cortana Search Box from the Taskbar

Note that hiding the search box doesn’t actually disable Cortana — keep reading below for instructions on how to do that. This will simply hide the box from the Taskbar.

Simply right-click on any empty space on the taskbar, go to Search, and then change “Show search box” to either “Show Cortana icon” or “Hidden”.

If you change it to an icon, it’ll show a circle like you can see below.

And if you disable it entirely, it’ll be removed from the taskbar. You can also hide that Task View button while you are at it by just right-clicking and unchecking the box — although we’ll say that the new task switcher is pretty nice.

Disabling Cortana

If you haven’t enabled Cortana, you’ll see the top of the box that looks like this when you click on the Search box and then click the Settings icon. Note that Cortana is Off. You can also turn off the online search and including Bing results when you search the Start Menu by flipping that switch off as well.

If you have already enabled Cortana, the settings dialog changes completely and is hidden beneath the Notebook icon — from here you can click on Settings and get to the screen above.

Once you disable Cortana and Bing, you can then hide the icon.

It’s really nice that you can turn it off — we’d have probably preferred that Bing stay out of our Start menu in the first place though.

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