Disable Cortana Search Box in Windows 10 taskbar

The Taskbar assumes much importance in all the versions of Windows. One of the most noticeable changes in Windows 10 from previous versions of Windows, are two new controls to the right of the Start Button:

  1. The Cortana Search box
  2. The Task View button.

The taskbar search box allows users to access both standard Windows and Web searches, as well as the new Cortana interface. All’s well, but the search box residing between the Start button and your pinned taskbar items is relatively wide and consumes a sizable amount of space. This, poses a problem to the users who prefer devices with smaller screens and lower resolutions.

Read: How to set up Cortana in Windows 10.

Disable Search Box from Taskbar in Windows 10

If you wish, you can cut down the amount of space required by this Windows 10 taskbar search box and still get full access to all of its features.

You can change the search box into an icon or have it removed entirely. In such cases, the search box will show up on the taskbar only when you open the Start Menu.

To do this, right-click on any empty space on the taskbar, go to Cortana/Search, and then change Show search box to either Show icon or Disabled/Hidden.


If you change it to Show search icon, it’ll display a small symbol as seen in the screenshot below.

Search icon

If you disable it entirely, it’ll be removed from the taskbar.

Disable Cortana in Windows 10

If you don’t want Cortana to show up in your search box, click on the little 3-lined hamburger icon on the top left and then choose Settings.


Now, simply toggle the setting to Off to disable it. This will delete all the data Cortana has about the device and disable itself completely.

Things have changed in Windows 10 Anniversary Update. You may not see these settings. While signing out of Microsoft account may disable Cortana, it will still run in the background. You may therefore need to changed Registry or Group Policy settings.

You can also completely disable  Cortana in Windows 10 via Registry or Group Policy.

Want to remove the Task View button too?

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, 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. Gilbert Jones

    The LAST thing I want on my pc is a synthesized female voice.

  2. Brittney

    I have done every thing it says to disable cortana, and it STILL shows up. I’m using an HP laptop that requires two fingers to scroll, and while I am scrolling. The cortana search constantly pops up, it is intrusive and annoying. If I could downgrade back to windows 8, I would.

  3. Dyprakz

    You can revert to windows 8. I have done it. To do it open Start menu, select settings. In the Settings app select Update & Security. Then Recovery. And then you should see an option to “Go back to Windows X”. I’ve done it myself. I find Windows 10 unstable. I’ve found my IDEs crashing for no reason. The OS using excessive amounts of memory. Windows 8.1 more mem efficient. As well as the whole privacy fiasco making it a headache that is just not wanted in my eyes. I want to use Windows 10 to be productive. Not spending every two minutes figuring out why this new features simply doesn’t work when it has in windows 8.1. Good job microsoft, sadly not good enough in the eyes of developers.

  4. Nola Le Rae West

    I’m sorry, my excitement was premature. It still pops up & when trying to disable it by going to task bar & right-clicking it, go to search; it does not show a “Disable” feature, it only shows a “Hidden” feature, a “Show Search Icon” & “Show Search Box” features, & as I thought by clicking-on to the pin it to task bar would keep it from popping-up every time I use my mouse or scroll with my mouse.

    So there is “No” Disable feature on there!!! This is so frustrating! Does anyone know who to keep the “Search Windows Box” from Popping-up/open??? Even now while typing this it has opened up 2 times!

    I would really LOVE a “Disabling” it “Instructions”! If anyone knows how to do this I’d be Soooo Very Grateful To YOU!

    I was able to disable Cortana however! Thank you for that! And Thank YOU In Advance Anyone For Helping Me With “””DISABLING THE SEARCH WINDOW – POP-UP BOX!”””

    ~ Peace

  5. Carl

    I have been looking all over the internet and cant find an answer. I’m hoping someone can help. Is there away of stopping the search with in the start menu. I have removed Cortana, the web search and the search from the task bar. i just need to remove it from the start menu. Many thanks.

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