How to Hide or Unhide the Search Box in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to hide or unhide the Search box on the Taskbar in Windows 11. Windows lets you choose whether the search box shows on your taskbar or not.

If you don’t see a search box on your taskbar, it’s hidden and you can make it visible again.

Windows Search is a built-in feature that allows you to search for documents, apps settings from a particular folder or the entire PC. Windows Search service indexes content for faster results when searching for files and other content from defined locations.

Window Search is important if you want to quickly find missing files, folders documents and settings. There are other nice Windows Search features available to users including, Search Highlights, Cloud content search, Enhanced search indexing and more.

Again, you can hide the search box from the taskbar if you don’t need all these features or unhide the search box if it’s missing.

How to hide or show the search box in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows lets you choose whether the search box shows on your taskbar or not.

Below is how to hide or unhide the search box on the taskbar in Windows 11.

Show search box on taskbar:

  • Press and hold (or right-click) the taskbar and select Taskbar settings.
  • Select Taskbar items to expand the section, then toggle the Search switch to On.

Hide search box on taskbar:

  • Press and hold (or right-click) the taskbar and select Taskbar settings.
  • Select Taskbar items to expand the section, then toggle the Search switch to Off.

On the Personalization > Taskbar settings pane, under Taskbar items, toggle the switch to the On or Off position to enable or disable the Search box on the Taskbar.

Alternatively, click on Start > Settings > Personalization > Taskbar change the Search box settings in Windows 11.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to hide or unhide the Search box on the Taskbar in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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