Windows 11: How to add the search bar to the desktop

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Communication Microsoft Integrate and test new features on Windows 11 . Not all of them are slated to be released to the general public in the near future, but nothing stops you from trying them out when they are available in the various channels available for this purpose.

For example, the members of Insiders on Channel Dev They can now enjoy a brand new taskbar on their desktop.

The latter is still subject to some bugs, including the fact that it ignores the user’s default browser and always opens its results in Edge. However, the first reactions are rather positive, which may lead Microsoft to further develop it. Fortunately, if you don’t want to wait for it to reach the final version, there is a solution.


First of all, you will need to join a program Insiders To be able to add the taskbar to the desktop. In fact, at the moment, only the version is allowed 25120 from Windows 11 access to it. However, the latter can only be installed by users on a channel Dev. As a reminder, the latter is used to test new features in the early stages of their development, so builds can be particularly unstable.

So make sure to use it on a computer that does not contain important data, so as to avoid any inconvenience in case of a problem. Here’s how to join a channel Windows 11 Dev:

from Windows 11go to Settings and then to the section Windows Update

Click Program Windows Insider

On the new tab, click Get started

link an account Microsoft of your choice, then click Continue

Select an option Dev Channel

Restart your computer

Once you restart your computer, you will now be in a channel Dev. You can then proceed with the process of adding the taskbar to the desktop.


Once this step is over, all you have to do is get to the heart of the matter. If the search bar isn’t already showing up on your desktop, here are the steps to do it:

Download the latest version of ViveTool

Copy the contents of the archive to an easily accessible folder, for example on the desktop

Open the folder and then, by clicking on the bar at the top of the window, copy the path

Open Terminal in charge mode

Type the following command: C: [your_path] vivetool addconfig 37969115 2

Click on Enter And wait for the installation to complete.

Once done, restart your computer

After restarting, right-click on the desktop and select Show more options

Finally, click Show search bar

The search bar will be visible on your desktop. Now you can use it to search the web or go directly to a site without opening the browser first. Be careful, as specified above, this only works at the moment with Edge.

Finally, if you want to get rid of the search bar, the procedure is not too complicated. Here’s how to do it:

That’s it, the taskbar is gone! Let us know what you think of this new feature in the comments.

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