How to install, enable or disable the Desktop Search bar in Windows 11?

Microsoft is constantly testing new features and improvements in Windows 11. For example, Microsoft is testing a new search bar that is visible on the Windows 11 desktop.

This search bar that is directly in the middle of the desktop helps users to be able to search using this search bar. You can enter a search query there and your search will then open in a Microsoft Edge browser through the Bing search engine.

This new feature is part of the Windows 11 widgets. For example, the search bar helps people search Windows 11 faster through a search engine without opening the browser first.

Desktop search bar in Windows 11

As mentioned, for now, it is still an experimental feature at this time of writing. Even for some users who are signed up for the Windows insider program, the search bar is not yet available.

This article will learn how to enable or disable the search bar in Windows 11. I will also explain how to install the search bar in Windows 11 so you can test with it should you wish to.

How to install, enable or disable the Desktop Search bar in Windows 11?

Turn off the search bar on the Windows 11 desktop

Enabling or disabling the search bar is very simple. First, you right-click on free space on the desktop. Next, click “show more options” and then “show search” in the menu.

The name of this setting may change over time. As mentioned, it is still an experimental feature at this time.

Show search

Enable the search bar on the Windows 11 desktop

If you want to enable the search bar through the settings, follow the procedure above. Then, clicking “Show search” again will enable the search bar on the desktop.

Install the desktop search bar in Windows 11

If you want to activate the experimental search feature, you can do it in the following way.

You start by downloading ViveTools to your computer. Then, unzip the ZIP file and place the contents in a known location. This can be on the desktop, for example.

Open a command prompt as a normal user. Click the magnifying glass in the taskbar and then search for Command Prompt. Click on it to open.

Go to the location where “vivetool.exe” was extracted via the command prompt. In the command prompt, then type the following command to install the search bar.

vivetool.exe addconfig 37969115 2

You will now see “Successfully set feature configuration”.

Install the desktop search bar in Windows 11 using vivetool

Restart your computer to display the desktop search bar on the desktop in Windows 11.

I hope this has helped you. Thank you for reading!

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