Removing Desktop Search from the Windows Taskbar

October 25, 2007 at 2:36 pm 17 comments

Because you know you want to…if you have that stupid search tool (red arrow, below) taking up precious taskbar space, here’s how to remove it:

desktop search

  1. In the picture above, do you see the small picture of a magnifying glass in the light blue section to the right of the taskbar? (blue arrow) Right-mouse-click it.
  2. In the pop-up menu that appears, place your mouse-pointer over the option Help
  3. Another small pop-up will appear, offering you three options. Left-mouse-click the last one, Hide Windows Deskbar.


Your Taskbar search tool will now have vanished.

To return to using the old Windows XP search engine,

  1. From the desktop Start button, open the …Settings…Control Panel
  2. Open the Desktop Search Settings control panel (by double-left-mouse clicking)
  3. In the opened control panel, check the Use Search Companion insteqd of Desktop Search checkbox.
  4. Left-mouse-click the OK button.

Now searches will be performed using the older search application.


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17 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Francis vinod  |  October 29, 2007 at 2:24 am

    this i can do on my single pc … but how to implement globally to all users from server side ?


  • 2. librarymole  |  October 29, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    Unfortunately, global workstation changes at the Wells library are handled by the Software Specialist in the Library Information Technology department, and not by me – I work closer to the front lines.

    I could probably look this up, but it wouldn’t be any faster than if you did it. Good luck.

  • 3. Brett  |  August 14, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Thanks! Feh! to the stupid “desk bar” cluttering my taskbar!!

  • 4. Frank  |  April 21, 2009 at 2:17 pm


  • 5. Olga  |  April 28, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Thank you 🙂

  • 6. Robert Britt  |  May 13, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Very helpful. Actually something useful came up on the search for this. Thank you!

  • 7. lukring  |  June 7, 2009 at 7:47 am

    great advice. thanks so much.

    for users who cannot find the magnifying glass at the lower right hand portion of the screen, go to control panel first, then appearance and themes, then task bar and start menu, then click customize at the lower right.

    click the magnifying glass and a drop down menu will appear on the right. click “always show”. then click ok or apply.

    the magnifying glass will appear shortly on the right lower portion of the scree. then follow the instructions given above courtesy of the library mole.

  • 8. Priyanka  |  July 31, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Thanks…the steps were helpful to get rid of this stupid desktop search….

  • 9. Sarah  |  August 6, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    thank you so much! That was driving me crazy.

  • 10. Matthew  |  October 11, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Thank you!!!!!

  • 11. Simon  |  November 19, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    Awesome. Easy when you know how.

  • 12. Philippe  |  December 2, 2009 at 10:17 am


  • 13. Dinesh  |  April 27, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Thanks a lot. IT was very useful

  • 14. Thor  |  May 28, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Perfect! Thanks. This was much quicker than RTFMing. 🙂

  • 15. rey_rockstreet  |  October 5, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    . thanks buddy
    . this work

  • 16. Pat  |  September 28, 2012 at 12:37 am

    OK how come all the other answers on other sites did not solve the problem and this simple answer did! You’re awesome!

  • 17. Michael R. Gail  |  October 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Thank you! I like the minimalistic look on my PC.


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