Windows 11 is embedded with the search box feature that you can use to search for anything on the computer. The feature is very good but sometimes you may want to keep some files secret on your system and you may want to make it difficult for someone using your computer not to be able to search for documents or files. So you may want to hide the search icon from public access or for other reasons. In this guide, I will be showing you how to remove or hide the search icon from public view. The search box is right next to the Windows icon. You can read these guides on searching on Windows OS or another operating system: How to Quickly Fix Windows Search Bar Not Working, and How to Disable Bing Search in Windows 10 and Windows 11.
Follow the below steps on how you can hide or remove the Search button or icon from Windows 11 taskbar. Here are some more guides: Chrome and Firefox: How to make Cortana search with a different web browser instead of Bing and Edge, how to install and configure Elasticsearch on Linux, and how do you change the account that Office says it belongs to on a Mac.
Hide or Remove Windows Search Button
1: Put your cursor on the search icon and click Personalization settings
2. Click on Taskbar
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Turn on or Off Windows Search
3. On the Taskbar items, toggle the button to Off and immediately the Search button or icon will disappear from the taskbar and you can also display back the search button by toggling to On.
4. If you want a shortcut to the Taskbar properties you can just right-click on the taskbar and click on Taskbar settings. This will lead you to the previous page where you can toggle ON/OFF.
If you want to know how to carry out this same task on Windows 10 you can read this: How to Hide or Remove the Search Button from Windows 10 Taskbar. Also, we have a YouTube video to walk you through these steps.
Here is a YouTube video discussing steps to hide or remove the Windows search feature.
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