How to add Address Bar to Taskbar in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

One of the ways you can make Windows work for you better, is to let you directly open a website from your Windows taskbar. Here is a simple way how you may do it. You don’t even need to launch your browser for that, first.

Add Address Bar to Taskbar

Add Address Bar to Taskbar

Right click on your Windows 8 taskbar and unlock it. Again right-click and select Toolbars. The entries for Address and other options should become visible to you. Choose Address and you should see the address bar appear on your taskbar.

It is similar to the Search bar on the Start menu. Type in a website address in the text box and hit ‘Enter. The action will launch your browser and navigate to the website whose address you’ve entered.

Using this address bar, apart from launching URL’s, you can also launch applications as you may through Windows Start Menu Search Bar. For example simply type msconfig and hit enter to open the System Configuration dialog box.

Using this way, you can also add Touch Keyboard, Links and other toolbars to the Windows Taskbar.

Add Search Bar to Taskbar

You can even type your searches in the address bar and click Enter to search from the taskbar. You IE default search engine page will open with the results. However single word searches do not work.

Works for all Windows.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. I have updated the post, but I will see other option, and if any are found will post about it.

  2. rocky shepheard

    How can one edit the entries in this taskbar. I occasionally type urls withouth the www and it doesn’t seem to work here. I’d like to remove those incorrect urls. Thanks!

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