How to Hide the Cortana Search Box on the Windows 10 Taskbar

Probably the most spoken about features in the latest version of Windows 10 was the Cortana personal assistant which is integrated directly into the taskbar. However let's say you dont want to waste all that taskbar space?

Fortunately they not just present a way to take out the search box from the taskbar, but you can change it into an icon, or you can remove it fully and then it’ll come on the taskbar only when you start the Start Menu (so you can still search for your applications).

We are not completely sure if we all enjoy the idea of a digital assistant as part of Windows, but if you’re applying the preview, we advise that you test out it out at least to give it a opportunity. If you don’t deal with it, then you may disable it and make the search box return back to the Windows 8.x actions where it searches your applications as well as the web.

Removing the Cortana Search Box from the Taskbar

Note that hiding the search box does not really turn off Cortana - keep reading through below for directions on how to do that. This will simply cover the box from the Taskbar.

Easily right-click on any empty area on the taskbar, head to Search, then modify “Show search box” to either “Show Cortana icon” or “Hidden”.

If you modify it to an icon, it’ll display a ring like you can see below.

As well as if you deactivate it completely, it’ll be eliminated from the taskbar. You can also hide that Task View button while you are at it by simply just right-clicking and unchecking the box - though we will say that the new task switcher is pretty great.

Turning off Cortana

If you haven’t allowed Cortana, you’ll see the top of the box that appears like this when you click on the Search box and after that click the Configurations icon. Be aware that Cortana is Off. You can also turn off the online search and including Bing results while you search the Start Menu by flicking that switch off as well.

If you have previously enabled Cortana, the options dialog changes totally and is invisible underneath the Notebook icon - from here you may click on Settings and get to the screen above.

When you turn off Cortana and Bing, you may hide the icon.

It is really good that you can turn it off - we would have possibly preferred that Bing stay out of our Start menu in the first place though.
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