Windows 10 comes with a large search bar on the Task Bar of your computer. For me, I believe this search bar takes up too much space. There are three different views you can have the search bar set to, “Hidden”, “Icon Only”, and “Show Search Box”. I personally prefer the “Icon Only” option. Follow the steps below to adjust the appearance of the search box. If you would also like to disable Web Searches while using the search bar, you can follow my other tutorial about Disabling Web Results in Windows 10.
- Right click on the bottom task bar (anywhere is fine).
- In the Context Menu that appears, go to the “Search” option
- Select “Hidden” to hide the search bar from Windows. You can also make it just an icon if you still want a quick way to access the search.
If you fully hide the search bar and button, you are still able to search your computer and apps. All you have to do is open the Start Menu and then start typing, similar to Windows 7 and Windows 8.