This post shows students and new users steps to enable or disable the desktop search box in Windows 11. In addition, devices enrolled in the Microsoft Insider Preview program may begin to see a search box displayed on their desktop that enables them to search the web.
Microsoft had noted previously that they would begin improving Windows 11 with conceptual features to explore exposing lightweight interactive content on the Windows desktop. In the previous version of Windows, these were called widgets.
As mentioned, this feature is only available on devices enrolled in the Microsoft Insider Preview program. New features are tested with Insider Preview devices before they’re generally available to all.
The desktop search box uses Bing to query the web, documents, and other content directly from your desktop. For example, when you begin typing a search term in the search box, it will query Bing for possible suggestions and display similar to what is shown in Bing and Microsoft Edge’s new tab.
How to enable or disable the desktop search box in Windows 11
As mentioned above, some users enrolled in Microsoft Insider Preview may begin to see a search box displayed on their desktop that enables them to search the web.
Below is how to show or hide it from the desktop.
When enabled, your desktop looks similar to the one below.
If you want to remove this search box, you can right-click anywhere on the desktop and choose “Show more options.”
Then toggle the “Show search” option.
That should do it!
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