How to remove the search bar in Windows 10, otherwise it takes up half of the taskbar

Not so long ago, a friend, incidentally, complained to me that she had no space on her laptop under the desktop (i.e. on the taskbar

Of course, just through the Windows 10 interface, this line could not be disabled and I had to ‘climb’ into the registry…

In general, this is how this little note was born (suddenly someone will encounter this too?..).

And so…


How can I disable the search bar in Windows 10

As for laptops (and indeed, devices with a small screen) I would suggest not only removing the search bar, but also making the taskbar slightly smaller in height (see the example below

Was - became (small icons)

This is done fairly quickly and easily:

  • you need to press the button combination. Win i
  • then go to the section’Personalization/Taskbar’,
  • and enable the option ‘Use small buttons…’. See the example below.

Windows 10 settings

Actually, right after that - the height of the taskbar will decrease, and instead of the search bar, a small magnifying glass icon will be displayed …


If everything is fine with your Windows 10 OS (i.e. there are no problems with the OS interface and Explorer) - then you can change the display of the search bar in two counts!

From the search bar, we make an icon

It is enough to right-click on ‘this’ line, then in the menu that appears in the tab’Search’ select the option to display it: ‘hidden’ or ’show the search icon’.

Show the search icon

Whoo-a-la! The problem will be solved!


Judging by the reviews, not all users like the START (and the interface itself) in Windows 10. You can ‘kill’ two birds with one stone through a special application - it will not only remove the search bar, but also return the old START menu (which was in Windows 7) to the new OS.

In more detail about this application, I already had a note on my blog earlier, I give a link to it below.

How in Windows 10 to return the START menu that was in Windows 7

Another design option…


This method can help out if you have certain ‘problems’ with the Windows 10 interface (it doesn’t always work, for example, to go into its parameters …).

5 ways to open the registry editor (in any Windows!), even if it is blocked

In this case, open registry


It has the parameter Searchboxtaskbarmode (it is responsible for displaying the line on the taskbar). It needs to be changed…

SearchboxTaskbarMode - parameters in the registry

Double-clicking on this parameter opens an editor where you can change the value:

  1. on ‘0′ - the search string will be hidden,
  2. on ‘1′ - the magnifier icon will be displayed instead of the line,
  3. on ‘2′ - the search bar will be displayed.

Changing the value of the


After changing the SearchboxTaskbarMode parameter, the computer must be restarted. Otherwise, as an option, you can open the task manager (Ctrl Alt Del) and restart explorer

Restarting Explorer (task manager)

Problem solved?!


If you disable the search bar, then it is logical to disable file indexing as well (so that the system does not load the disk in vain and does not slow down the speed of your work).

To do this, just go to ‘My Computer’, open the properties of the Windows system disk and uncheck the indexing permission (see the screenshot below

Properties of the Windows 10 system disk


That’s all for now.Additions are welcome!

Good luck!

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