How to Remove the Windows 10 Search Box from the Taskbar


One of the new features in Windows Technical Preview build 9926 is a new search box where Cortana lives, and it takes up a good chunk of space on the taskbar. If you would rather have more room on the taskbar for icons, you can get rid of it.

If you’re moving from Windows 7 to Windows 10, you will like this trick because it makes the user interface look and work like you’re used to. And the cool part is, you don’t lose access to the search and Cortana feature. Here’s a look.

Cortana Desktop

Hide Cortana Search Box from Taskbar

To remove it, right-click an empty area on the taskbar and go to Search on the menu, and there you have the option to disable it or just show the search icon.

Search options

First, here’s a look at showing only the search icon – which looks similar to Cortana when you activate it. Just click it to bring up Cortana search.

ask anything

In the following example, I completely disabled it — all gone. This gives you a nice and clean look to the taskbar and easy access to the Start button. I should also mention that I removed the Task View icon too.

Search box gone

So now you might be wondering how to search? Simple, hit the Windows Key or click Start to bring up the menu, the search box is right there just like in Windows 7. Of course, now the difference is you can either talk to Cortana or type in your query.

Start Menu

I am hesitant to write ‘how to’ articles about a beta version of an OS as things can change in the final release. However, this seems like a feature that will make it to the final version, and if something changes we’ll let you know.

Do you want to see this ability available in the final version? Leave a comment below and tell us your thoughts.



  1. Hii Brian,

    Thanks a lot for sharing this well expained tutorial about removing the Cortana Search Box from windows 10 Taskbar. After installing new OS, i was configuring my pc and thanks to your article article i knew – how to easily remove the Cortana Search Box from windows 10 Taskbar.

    Keep helping by sharing such article :)

    • Joe  

      Said example does not show on my hp 15 – there is no arrow as shown in your example. What’s next?

    • You can simple remove search box by right clicking on task bar, go to cortana and select hidden. It is so simple.

  2. Ellen  

    Love the tip on removing the Search bar from the the Taskbar. Thank you. Space is so limited on my laptop taskbar

  3. Roy  

    This search bar is so annoying, thanks for helping me to sort this issue.

  4. Test Dummy  

    I want to remove it completely. The search bar is a freak show. I don’t want an image of the day and other random crap when I’m just searching for something on my computer. I’ve turned everything I see off and the picture of the day still comes up and celebrity stories I don’t give a crap about. What the hell, Microsoft.

    • sammijo  

      Never mind. I don’t think he’s a shill. I just think voice operated “help” is taking over the world. Apparently, unless you can write your own operating system, you are stuck with Siri, OK Google or now…Cortana.

      Guess I’ll just try and make friends with her…

  5. George  

    I’ve got the july 29, 2015 release of windows 10. There is NO way to disable or remove the search bar. Every time I click on “hide search bar” the check mark does NOT go away. I do NOT want this crappy microsoft cortana on my system. I didn’t need it on july 28 and I don’t need it now.

    • Ellen  

      Ok George .. hope this helps :) Just right click the taskbar itself. Click on Search … then click “hidden” If this doesn’t immediately remove the search bar, restart. It will be gone.

      • Bobbo  

        There is no longer a “Search” option on the menu…

  6. Fed  

    Great tip!! Many thanks

  7. Mark  

    My problem with it is every time I scroll a webpage it makes the search menu pop up. It gets very very annoying quickly. I want to be able to completely totally remove it so that it no longer exists on my system.

  8. dcgirl  

    Someone please tell me how do I delete Cortana from my Windows 8.1 Nokia Lumia phone? I know how to disable it but I want to remove it for I have far better use of storage space than it.

    I am one of the few who doesn’t want to talk to or communicate with my phone/device any way besides typing it. Plus even without using Cortana it still drains the battery which is ridiculous!
    I’ve been searching for over an hour for how to do this but haven’t found what I need.
    Someone please help…
    And PS am not computer genius am semi computer illiterate so please speak basic lingo.
    Thanks in Advance

  9. bruce  

    please take it out of the next build,. or give complete ability to Uninstal it. i have 0 use for it.

  10. dcgirl  

    Help Again!!!!!!
    Please someone how do I remove Cortana from my Windows phone (8.1)?????
    I already have it turned off yet still somehow it drains my battery without any use by me. I’m one of the few that doesn’t want to talk to their device. I want to completely delete Cortana off my phone. Any ideas????

  11. dcgirl  

    Please anyone…look at my above comment. I need Cortana to go away

  12. dcgirl  

    This is removal from a Windows phone running 8.1 not a PC

  13. Corky Plassa  

    I don’t know what brings up all this stuff on my screen – but I don’t want any of it – so please removed it so I can get to my emails. ThaNKS YOU – THIS FROM A 84 YEAR OLD WHO HAS ENOUGH IN MY LIFE WITHOUT THIS ADDED STRESS.

  14. MK  

    Yes it worked like a charm ..

  15. Douggles  

    As this no longer works — the “Search” option has been removed, thanks Microsoft — an update would be appreciated. I would like Cortana completely removed from my taskbar … and from my computer, if possible. Thanks.

  16. Aliciat.c  

    Thanks, that took about 2 seconds, and that unsightly box was gone! You’re the best.

  17. Poonam  

    Cortana keeps popping up on my laptop. I tried to hide the search bar hoping it would stop but no. Whatever I do, it keeps popping up and I can’t even cancel it. Help please.

  18. Jestyn  

    START MENU X and EVERYTHING. After right-click on Taskbar, hover on SEARCH and left-click HIDDEN, this should show a tick, and SEARCH will disappear from taskbar, THEN INSTALL FREE VERSION OF’START MENU X’ downloaded from Internet. This replaces the modern WINDOWS version (replacing one which I’ve always loathed with one I find vastly superior in allways). SAME PLACE AT TOP OF TASKBAR – comprehensive, clearer, MUCH FASTER and, when opened, along with a wealth of information immediately on view – has its own SEARCH BOX plainly on view in bottom left corner. ALSO I additionally installed the EVERYTHING program – which is a lightning fast searcher, beats anything I’ve ever seen and, in seconds, has hauled me out of trouble numerous times

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