At the bottom of the Windows Start Menu, the
Windows Explorer window, Control Panel as well as
Libraries you will find a Windows Search box.
Some users find the Search boxes useful, whereas
others do not. While they are useful they do have a
tendency to take up rather a lot of real estate.
If you don't use the Search facility then,
clearly, it is far better to remove the option
altogether. This can be done in the following
- Click the Start button.
- On the Right of the Start Menu, click the
Control Panel option.
- In Control Panel, click the Program And
- On the Left Hand pane of the Programs And
Features window, Click the Turn windows features
on or off option.
Fig: 39-1 Select Windows
Search from the Turn windows features On or Off
- Scroll down the list of options until you
see Windows Search.
- To Disable this function Remove the Check
Mark (Tick) from the box to the left of the
Windows Search option and then press OK.
- A Warning message will now appear.
Fig: 39-2 Click the Yes
button to change the setting
- Click Yes to Continue.
- Another message box will now appear
indicating that Windows is making changes to
Fig: 39-3 The progress bar
will indicate that the Search option is being
- Click the Restart button to re-start your
Fig: 39-4 Click the Restart
Now button to restart your PC
- After the computer has been re-started, if
you click on the Start button or open Windows
Explorer or Control Panel you will see that the
Search box has disappeared.
Fig: 39-5 If you now check
your Start menu you should find that the Search
box has disappeared
- To Re-enable the Search box, follow steps 1
- At step 7 place a Check mark in the box to
the left of the Search option and press OK.
- Follow the remaining steps and then Re-start
- After Re-starting your computer the search
box will re-appear.