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How to hide the Search, Cortana and Task View buttons from the taskbar in Windows 10

Microsoft made a number of changes to the visual user interface in Windows 10.

I found many of those changes to be good ones, but some of them could have benefited from a little more forethought.

Three great examples are the Search, Cortana and Task View buttons that are displayed on the taskbar by default in Windows 10.

While it’s true that these items can come in handy at times, many users (myself included) prefer to keep them hidden from the taskbar.

If you’d prefer to hide them as well, you can easily do so. 

In my opinion, the best way to search for something is to simply press the Windows+S key combination. That way you can start typing your search query without having to even touch your mouse.

If you prefer using the mouse whenever possible, all you have to do is click the Start button and then immediately start typing your search query!

As for the Task View feature, very few people even use it. So why clutter up an already crowded taskbar by displaying those non-essential buttons?

Luckily, it’s very easy to hide the Search, Cortana and Task View buttons from the taskbar in Windows 10. Just follow the simple steps listed below:

1 – Right-click on the taskbar.

2 – Click on the Show Cortana button to remove the check mark.

3 – Right-click on the taskbar again.

4 – Click the Show Task View button to “uncheck” it.

5 – Right-click on the taskbar one more time.

6 – Click the Search , then select Hidden.

That’s all there is to it. From now on the Search, Cortana and Task View buttons will be remain hidden from the task bar unless and until you choose to make them appear again.

Note: You can easily display those items again at any time by simply repeating the steps listed above and selecting the applicable options.

Bottom line: One of the best things about Windows 10 is the massive number of changes we can make to tailor the user interface to our liking. And one of the first changes I always make is removing those irritating buttons from the taskbar.

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Olivia Tomas
Olivia Tomas
Jun 18

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