How to Remove Little Icons from the Search Bar from Windows 11 or 10?


Your Windows Taskbar search box, Windows 11 Start Menu, and the Search menu contains a new and ever-changing little icon that keeps changing now and then. We know this feature as the Search Highlights.

These Search Highlights are integrated with each search bar and keep changing depending on the day. Along with that icon, the “Search Highlight” feature also displays “highlight” content in the search menu on Windows 11 and 10. These can be news highlights, trending stories, word/quote of the day, and a trending search tile.

However, it depends on you whether you want to keep it. If you do not like it, Microsoft gives you the option to remove it.

If you want to remove these icons from the search bar, read through the following article.

How to Remove Little Icons from the Search Bar in Windows 11?

Use these steps to remove or hide the icons from the Search bar in Windows 11:-

Step 1: Firstly, Open Windows 11 Settings.

Alternatively, you can use the Windows + I hotkey. You can also go to the settings by right-clicking on the Windows logo on the taskbar.

Step 2: In the Settings window, select Privacy & Security on the left side.

Step 3: Find the Search permissions tile on the right side.

Step 4: Then, go to the “More setting” section and turn Off the toggle switch that says Show search highlights.

Windows 11 will immediately stop displaying icons in the Search bar once you turn off Show search highlights.

How to Remove Icons from the Search Bar in Windows 10?

First, you must right-click on the free space on the taskbar and select Search. After that, un-check Show search highlights to remove icons. Icons from the Search bar on your Windows 10 will no longer exist.

That’s it.

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