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One of the most spoken regarding features in the latest version of Windows 10 was the Cortana personal assistant that is integrated directly into the taskbar. But let's say you do not want to waste all that taskbar space?

Happily they not just offer a way to remove the search box from the taskbar, but you are able to change it into an symbol, or you can remove it fully and next it’ll show up on the taskbar only when you open the Start Menu (so you can still lookup for your applications).

We are not fully confident if all of us like the idea of a digital assistant as part of Windows, but if you’re applying the preview, we recommend that you check it out at least to give it a chance. If you do not deal with it, then you can deactivate it and make the search box revert back to the Windows 8.x behavior where it searches your software and the web.

Eliminating the Cortana Search Box from the Taskbar
Note that hiding the search box doesn’t really disable Cortana - keep looking at below for guidelines on how to try this. This will simply hide the box from the Taskbar.

Simply right-click on any empty space on the taskbar, visit Search, and after that modify “Show search box” to either “Show Cortana icon” or “Hidden”.
When you change it to an icon, it’ll show a ring like you can see below.

As well as if you disable it fully, it’ll be removed from the taskbar. You may also hide that Task View button while you are at it through just right-clicking and unchecking the box - although we’ll say that the new task switcher is really good.

Turning off Cortana

If you have not enabled Cortana, you’ll see the top on the box that appears like this when you click on the Search box and then click the Configurations icon. Note that Cortana is Off. You can also shut off the online search and including Bing results while you look for the Start Menu by flicking that switch off as well.

If you have currently enabled Cortana, the options dialog changes completely and is invisible under the Notebook icon - from here you can click on Configurations and get to the screen earlier.

Once you disable Cortana and Bing, you can then hide the icon.

It is truly fine that you can turn it off - we would have possibly preferred that Bing stay out of our Start menu in the 1st place though.

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