How to hide the search bar in Windows 10
To hide the search bar in Windows 10:
- Right-click the taskbar.
- Click Search > Hidden.
Applies to Windows 10 1809, and up
Windows 10 integrates Windows Search directly into the taskbar. By default, the search bar is permanently visible next to the Start menu. While this can be helpful, it uses a lot of taskbar space. Nowadays there’s also a separate button for the Cortana virtual assistant, which creates further clutter.
You can remove the searchbar and Cortana button for a tidier taskbar. Right-click the taskbar and click the “Search” menu. Choose the “Hidden” option to remove the searchbar. Right-click the taskbar again and click the “Show Cortana button” menu item to hide Cortana.
Alternatively, use the “Search > Show search icon” option to keep search visible but with the text input field collapsed. This mode is handy on touchscreen devices where you can’t always use a keyboard to invoke the search interface.
Even with the searchbar disabled, Windows Search will still be available by pressing Win+S or hitting Start and typing. You’re not losing any functionality by hiding the taskbar, only freeing up room for more pinned app icons.