How to disable Taskbar search box on Windows 11

The Taskbar search box in Windows 11 is useful to quickly find files, apps, settings, and web results, it’s a giant visual element that takes up a lot of space that you can use to pin other apps for ease of use.

If you prefer not to show the search box you can also disable the Taskbar on Windows 11. In this guide, we will show you the steps to disable the desktop search box widget on Windows 11.

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Here’s how you can disable the Taskbar search box

How to disable the Taskbar search box through the Settings app

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11 > click on Personalization.Disable Taskbar 1
  2. Scroll down > click on “Taskbar”.Disable Taskbar 2
  3. Toggle off the “Search” setting.Disable Taskbar 3

How to disable the Taskbar search box from Registry

  1. Open Start > search for regedit > click the top result to open the  Registry Editor.Disable Taskbar 4
  2. Copy the following path: \HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search > past it in the text field.Disable Taskbar 5
  3. Double-click the SearchboxTaskbarMode key > set its value to 0.Disable Taskbar 6
  4. Click the OK button > restart the computer.
  • Quick note: To select the Search icon only option set the value is 1, use 2 for the Search box, and 3 for the Search button option.

When the following steps are completed, the search box will be removed from the Taskbar on Windows 11, according to your setting selection.

However, you can still search using the “Windows key + S” keyboard shortcut or from the search box inside the Start menu.

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