How To Add Search Icon Back To Windows 11 Taskbar

Have you removed the search icon from Windows 11 taskbar by mistake?

you can bring back the Search icon to the taskbar of Windows 11. By default, Windows 11 displays a search icon on the taskbar so that users can click on it and search for the desired application on their PC. However, you might have noticed that it only displays a search icon, not the search bar like Windows 10. Also, there is no direct way to add it back to the taskbar if you removed it by mistake or knowingly.

Microsoft has buried these options to add a search icon to the taskbar in the Settings app. If you have removed it from the taskbar, you have to search several settings in the Settings app. Unlike the classic search, Microsoft has improved search on Windows 11. Now, the search button of Windows 11 remembers the previous three search items. Just hover over the search button on the taskbar, and it will show the latest three searches you have performed. Clicking on any, you can directly launch that application.

With default settings, Windows 11 displays a search icon on the taskbar so that users can click on it to open the search. However, as you might have noticed, unlike in Windows 10, the taskbar no longer displays a search bar, and there is no option to get the same.

The search icon on the taskbar is one of the ways to access the search in Windows 11. Now that Microsoft has moved the search bar from the taskbar to the Start menu, many users will use the Start menu search bar to search for files and apps.

How To Add Search Icon Back To Windows 11 Taskbar

So, it’s possible to access the search with or without using the search icon on the taskbar. Because of this, many users remove the search icon from the taskbar by right-clicking on the search icon on the taskbar and then clicking the Hide from taskbar option.

However, after removing the search icon from the taskbar, for some reason, you might want to restore the search icon. Once again, adding the search icon back to the taskbar as right-clicking on the taskbar no longer shows the option to add the search icon back to the taskbar.

If you wish to add the search icon back to the Windows 11 taskbar again, you need to open the Settings app.

Add search icon to Windows 11 taskbar

Step 1: Open the Settings app. On the left side, click Personalization. Now, on the right-side, click Taskbar to access the taskbar settings page.

How To Add Search Icon Back To Windows 11 Taskbar

Step 2: Here, on the Taskbar items section, click on the toggle button next to the Search to immediately add the search icon to the taskbar.

How To Add Search Icon Back To Windows 11 Taskbar

Remove search icon from Windows 11 taskbar

Step 1: Navigate to Settings > Personalization > Taskbar page.

Step 2: In the Taskbar items section, turn off the Search option.

How To Add Search Icon Back To Windows 11 Taskbar

Another way to remove the search icon from Windows 11 taskbar

Step 1: Perform a right-click on the search icon present on the taskbar and click the Hide from taskbar option. That’s it!

How To Add Search Icon Back To Windows 11 Taskbar

FAQ’s

1. How do I get my search bar back on Windows 11?

Show the search box on the taskbar
  1. Press and hold (or right-click) the taskbar and select Search.
  2. Select Show search box.

2. How do I add icons to the taskbar in Windows 11?

To pin apps to the taskbar
  1. Select Start , scroll to the app you want to pin, then press and hold (or right-click) the app. Select More > Pin to taskbar.
  2. If the app is already open on the desktop, press and hold (or right click) the app’s taskbar icon, and then select Pin to taskbar.

3. How do I fix Windows 11 search not working?

Select Start, then select Settings. In Windows Settings, select Update & Security > Troubleshoot. Under Find and fix other problems, select Search and Indexing. Run the troubleshooter, and select any problems that apply.

How To Add Search Icon Back To Windows 11 Taskbar Video Tutorial

In this video, we will show you how to add a search icon back to the windows 11 taskbar and you can search anything from the search icon in windows 11.

 

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