How to Remove Cortana Search Box, Task View and Touch Keyboard Buttons from Windows 10 Taskbar?

If you are using Windows 10 OS or if you are regularly following our blog, you might be aware of the new Search, Task View (aka Multiple or Virtual Desktops) and Touch Keyboard icons which have been added to Windows 10 Taskbar.

In older preview builds of Windows 10, these icons couldn't be removed or moved. There was no built-in option to hide or remove these two buttons from Windows 10 Taskbar. Also you couldn't change their positions i.e. reorder the icons on Taskbar. They were just stuck next to the Start Menu on Windows 10 Taskbar.

Many Windows users complained about these unnecessary icons on Taskbar as there were many places and shortcuts to use Search app and one could always use WIN+TAB keys together to launch Task View feature. So basically these 2 icons were useless to many people and were wasting space on Taskbar.

Microsoft listened to users feedback and requests and added built-in options to hide/remove Cortana Search box, Task View and Touch Keyboard buttons from Taskbar in Windows 10 preview build 9926.

Today in this tutorial, we are going to share various ways to get rid of these extra icons from Windows 10 Taskbar.

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If you also want to remove these extra icons/buttons from Taskbar in Windows 10, just follow these simple steps:

METHOD 1: Remove Search Box, Task View, Touch Keyboard Buttons Using Taskbar Context Menu

Just right-click on Taskbar and you'll get options to show or hide Search box, Search icon, Task View and Touch Keyboard buttons on Taskbar:

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Just uncheck desired option to remove the button from Taskbar.

Also check:

METHOD 2: Remove Search and Task View Buttons Using Registry Editor

You can also take help of following Registry tweaks to remove Search and Task View buttons from Windows 10 Taskbar:

METHOD 2.a: Remove Search Icon from Windows 10 Taskbar

1. Type regedit in RUN or Start search box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search

3. In right-side pane create a new DWORD EnableProactive and set its value to 0

In right-side pane look for a DWORD SearchboxTaskbarMode and change its value to 0

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4. Restart, log off or restart Explorer as given here to take effect.

PS: If you want to restore the icon in future, set the DWORD value to 1

METHOD 2.b: Remove Task View Icon from Windows 10 Taskbar

1. Type regedit in RUN or Start search box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

3. In right-side pane look for a DWORD ShowTaskViewButton and change its value to 0

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4. Restart, log off or restart Explorer as given here to take effect.

PS: If you want to restore the icon in future, set the DWORD value to 1

METHOD 2.c: Restrict and Remove Task View Icon from Windows 10 Taskbar

1. Type regedit in RUN or Start search box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

3. Create a new key under Explorer key and set its name as MultiTaskingView

4. Create another new key under MultiTaskingView key and set its name as AllUpView

So the final key path would be:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MultitaskingView\AllUpView

5. Now select AllUpView key and in right-side pane create a new DWORD Enabled and set its value to 0

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6. Restart, log off or restart Explorer as given here to take effect.

PS: If you want to restore the icon in future, either set the DWORD value to 1 or delete the DWORD.

NOTE: The difference between Method 2.b and Method 2.c is that method 2.c also removes option to show/hide Task View button from Taskbar context menu. In other words, you can use Method 2.c to restrict users from enabling or disabling Task View button in Windows 10 Taskbar.

That's it. After following these tricks you'll be able to remove Search and Task View icons from Taskbar in Windows 10.

NOTE: If you don't want to modify Registry yourself, you can download following ZIP file containing ready-made Registry scripts to do the task automatically:

Registry Scripts to Remove Search and Task View Icons from Windows 10 Taskbar

The ZIP file also contains scripts to restore both icons if required.





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Comments

  • Oh, You have started to tweak the Latest OS...

  • Thanks VG sir :D .. I never wanted the search button always pinned to my taskbar .. Thanks a ton :)

  • Thank you.

    Its about time :)

  • Very nice. Now how do we remove the silly new notifications icon?

  • Wow, you are a true genius! Great find!

  • VG

    @Dch48
    You can remove it using Taskbar properties as done for Input Indicator in following article:

    http://www.askvg.com/fix-input-indicator-icon-comes-back-in-taskbar-notification-area-after-restarting-windows/

  • Cant we just move those icons??

  • VG

    ^^ No. Those 2 icons cant be moved.

  • in build 9879 m$ add taskbar context menu option to hide those two icons.

  • Would creating these registry entrys in Windows 8.1 bring the same functionality?

  • VG

    ^^ No.

  • Enable search box on Taskbar:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search
    DWORD: EnableSearchBox
    Value: 1

  • Thanks; hid the search bar. So how can I add a search to the start button?

  • VG

    ^^ You can't but you can use 3rd party Start Menu software:

    http://www.askvg.com/aio-list-of-all-free-software-to-get-start-menu-and-start-button-back-in-windows-8/

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