How to Hide Cortana Search Box on Taskbar of Windows 10

Windows 10 includes a feature called Cortana which is carried over from Windows Phone operating system. Cortana is a personal assistant similar to Google Now or Apple’s Siri. She helps you make things easier for you and keep you up to date on the things that matter to you. She responds to “Hey Cortana” voice command when microphone on your PC is configured well with Cortana.

When you upgrade your computer to Windows 10, first thing you will notice is the Cortana search box on the taskbar. You can quickly type things in the box which you want to ask Cortana instead of voice commands. For some reason if you just want to hide the taskbar search box, but still keep Cortana active, you can do it in some ways:

Cortana Search Box

Cortana Search Box

Right-click on the taskbar, click Cortana and select Hidden.


Hide Cortana Search Box

Hide Cortana Search Box

Search box will immediately disappear from the taskbar.

Cortana Search Box Hidden

Note that Cortana will still respond to your voice command “Hey Cortana”. It will just pop-up on the taskbar.

Cortana Still Responds to Voice Commands

Cortana Still Responds to Voice Commands

Alternatively,  you can choose Show Cortana icon option in the right-click context menu which shows only the Cortana icon (Circular dot) on the taskbar.

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Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.