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    Now I will be the first to admit that I search.  I search on Google.  I search even on Bing. But when I search – I WANT TO SEARCH. So I’ve never quite
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    • #2544714

      What Bing search ?
      Windows 10 Pro 22H2 March updates.

    • #2544729

      Joe here posts about the registry key to disable or hide the search bar. You can find this by opening up the registry and

      find: Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search

      Look for SearchboxTaskbarMode and right-click on it and select Modify. Change it to 0

      How is messing around in the registry like this better, easier or quicker than three clicks in Settings (same place for Windows 10 and 11) to switch off the taskbar search box?

      Windows 11 Pro version 22H2 build 22621.1483 + Microsoft 365 + Edge

      • #2544744

        You want to automate this change for multiple users and/or machines.

        Windows 10 22H2 desktops & laptops on Dell, HP, ASUS; No servers, no domain.

    • #2544747

      Hide Search Bar:


      Carpe Diem {with backup and coffee}
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    • #2544760

      I will be the first to admit that I search.

      I use DuckDuckGo for online search.  I don’t use Windows Search, so I disable it in Services, which also makes the Search Box disappear.


      File Explorer Search still works, and its search is confined to the drive/folder that is displayed in the right pane.  It doesn’t get in the way, but I don’t use it, either, although I have tried it just to see the results, and it does indeed work.

      I don’t use Google or Bing.  I don’t want my searching tracked for any reason.

      Create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates, in case you need to start over!
      We all have our own reasons for doing the things that we do. We don't all have to do the same things.

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    • #2544774

      In my humble opinion (sometimes not so humble), when I want to search in MY computer, NOT the web, nothing beats Swift Search as recommended by Deanna McElveen (OlderGeeks.com).

      1 Desktop W11
      1 Laptop W10
      Both tweaked to look, behave and feel like Windows 95
    • #2544787

      To hide search bar or search button:

      Right click on taskbar, go to Search, and select Hidden.


    • #2544798

      Remember one thing  before you use the search with ChatGPT   you have to first research the man who invented it  and his background .  You can bet the algorithms will slant to his opinions and censor opposing opinions.

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    • #2544850

      My point was that bing search is the default search in the OS unless you take action.

      Asking again, what Bing search ? I don’t see it.

      I do have Bing icon on the menu of Edge browser, but I don’t use Edge and it is not as a result of March updates.

    • #2544937

      Win 10 Pro 22H2:

      I have Windows indexing disabled to avoid the overhead, search service disabled, search box disabled on the task bar, cloud content search turned off in settings and search history turned off in settings. My use case doesn’t include “cloud” storage of import.

      For online search, I use a browser. Duck-Duck-Go as a search engine with Google as a seldom used alternative.

      For indexing and searching my local drives I use “Everything” – a very fast and low overhead program. Granted, it doesn’t index contents within files but it serves my needs. My storage needs are for family photos, videos, games, music, e-books and other reading or reference material, virtual machines, iso files of OS’s I fiddle with, drive images of my boot drive(s), plus synchronized file/folder duplicates of non-imaged drives – i.e. backups of my backups for when a drive fails. I keep the duplicate drives off-line except when updating them.

      I would likely change things if I were still in a corporate position with the attendant demands. As for AI chatbots, I’ll just watch their development for now.

      Win10 Pro x64 22H2, Win10 Home 21H2, Linux Mint + a cat with 'tortitude'.

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