The new search box is one of the first things you notice as soon as you start using Windows 10. The search box appears right next to the Start button, where we usually pin our favorite folders, programs, and drives, and the search box is capable of searching the web as well your PC.
The search box on your Windows 10 taskbar is useful in many ways, but the fact that we can’t change the default search engine of this search box is forcing many users thinking of removing it. That is, the search box on the taskbar uses the Bing search engine to get results from the web, and there is no option in Windows 10 to change this default search engine to the popular Google search.
The other problem with the search box is that it takes a considerable amount of space on the taskbar, which isn’t an issue for large screen users, though. Those of you want to get rid of the search box to regain some space on the taskbar can configure Windows to show a small search icon on the taskbar instead of the default search box (check method 3 and 4 for instructions).
To remove the search box from Windows 10 taskbar, please follow the given below instructions.
Note that the search box will continue to appear as a taskbar search box whenever you click the Start button or press the Windows logo key on the taskbar.
Method 1 of 3
Remove the taskbar search box
Step 1: Right-click on an empty spot on the Taskbar, click Search and then click Hidden option to remove the search box from Windows 10 taskbar.
Method 2 of 3
Disable the search box on the Windows 10 taskbar
This method is useful for those users who want to free up some space on the taskbar by placing a search icon instead of a massive search box.
Step 1: Right-click click on the taskbar, click Search, and then click Show search icon option to show search icon instead of the search box.
Method 3 of 3
Disable Windows 10 taskbar search box
UPDATE: This method no longer works as Microsoft has dropped the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog.
Step 1: Right-click on the empty space of the taskbar and then click Properties to open Taskbar and Navigation Properties dialog.
Step 2: Here, under the Toolbars tab, in the box right next to Search on the taskbar option, select the Disabled option.
Click the Apply button.