How to remove the search bar, and Cortana, from Windows 10 taskbar

Windows 10 comes with a Cortana search box in the taskbar. Great, if you want to use Cortana to search the internet. Not so great if you’re normal and want to use Google, like a normal person. You can’t change the search provider either, so here’s how you can remove it in three steps.

Removing the search box from Windows 10 can be done in a few clicks.

How to remove search bar from Windows 10 Taskbar:

  1. Right-click on a blank area of the Taskbar.
  2. Select ‘Search’.
  3. Click ‘Hidden’.
  4. If you want to keep the option of a quick search on the Taskbar you can select the option Show Cortana button.

Once Cortana and the search bar are gone, you may be wondering how to complete your quick search. Simply hit the Windows key on your keyboard or hit the Start menu. Of course, you can always choose the ‘Show search icon’ option to keep your taskbar tidy while minimizing the clutter.


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