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Sunday, August 15, 2021

Hide the Search/Cortana Box and Task View Button on the Windows 10 Taskbar


Hide the Search/Cortana Box

To hide the Search/Cortana box, right-click on any empty part of the Taskbar and select “Cortana” (or “Search”) > “Hidden” from the popup menu.

The box will disappear from the Taskbar.

If you want access to the Search box, but you don’t want the box taking up room on the Taskbar when you’re not using it, you can display just the Search/Cortana icon on the Taskbar, which you can then click to access the Search panel. To show just the icon on the Taskbar, right-click on any empty space on the Taskbar and select “Cortana” (or “Search”) > “Show Cortana icon” (or “Show search icon”).

The icon will appear on the Taskbar where the Search/Cortana box was. Just click on it to start searching.

How to Hide the Task View Button

The Task View is a new feature added to Windows 10 that allows you to create virtual desktops so you can categorize your open programs. It’s very useful if you have a lot of programs open at once. The Task View button is available on the Taskbar to the right of the Search/Cortana box.

If you don’t use virtual desktops, you can remove the Task View button from the Taskbar. To do this, right-click on any empty area of the Taskbar and select “Show Task View Button” from the popup menu.

Now, both the Search box and the Task View button are removed from the Taskbar.

Note that hiding the Search/Cortana box does not remove this feature altogether. To search or use Cortana just click on the Start button and start typing your search terms. Of course, you can also install the free program, Classic Shell, to get a more Windows 7-like Start menu back with a Search box on the menu.

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