How to Show or Hide the Taskbar Search Button on Windows 11?

Search plays a significant role in Windows 11, so Microsoft has put a Search button on your taskbar by default. The new Start Menu comes with a search box at the top, which lets you search anything directly. Using Windows Search, you can search for files, and folders, query the web, etc.

However, if you think it is not necessary for you to keep the Search button on the taskbar or you want to gain more space on the taskbar, Microsoft allows you to remove this button.

In this gearupwindows article, we will guide you on showing and hiding the Taskbar Search Button on Windows 11. You can either use the Settings app or tweak the Registry.

How to Show or Hide Search Button from Windows 11 Taskbar via Settings App?

To add or remove the Search Button in Taskbar from Windows 11 using the Settings app, do the following:-

First Method

Step 1. Open the Settings app.

Step 2. Select Personalization in the left sidebar of the Settings window.

Step 3. On the right side of Personalization, click on the Taskbar tile.

Step 4. When the Taskbar settings page opens, under the “Taskbar items,” turn On or Off Search toggle switch to enable or disable the Search button on Windows 11 Taskbar.

Second Method

Step 1. Right-click on the Taskbar and select Taskbar settings.

Step 2. Once done, the Taskbar settings page will open. Under the “Taskbar items,” turn On or Off Search toggle switch to enable or disable the Search button on Windows 11 Taskbar.

How to Add or Remove Search Button from Taskbar using Registry Editor?

To show or hide Search Button from Windows 11 Taskbar through Registry Editor, do the following steps:-

Step 1. Open Registry Editor.

Step 2. Then, browse to the following key in the left sidebar of Registry Editor:-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search

Step 3. On the opposite pane of the “Search” folder, double-click on the SearchboxTaskbarMode REG_DWORD and set its “Value data” to the following:-

  • 0: To Hide Taskbar Search Button.
  • 1: To Display Taskbar Search Button.

Step 4. Click OK.

Once you complete the above steps, Search Button will immediately appear or disappear from Windows 11 Taskbar. That means there is no need to reboot your computer.

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