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Windows 7: Disable Windows Search Box

31 Dec 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 
Disable Windows Search Box

Hi,

Is it possible to disable the search box in Windows Explorer without disabling Windows Search? That box is so ugly and intrusive that it makes me afraid to use Explorer at all.

Rand Marks

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31 Dec 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Apparently not. According to our intrepid tutorial maker it's all or nothing. (See the Warnings.)

Windows Search - Turn On or Off
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31 Dec 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
Apparently not. According to our intrepid tutorial maker it's all or nothing. (See the Warnings.)

Windows Search - Turn On or Off
Hi, marsmimar,

My reasoning is that it must be possible since itís possible to remove the Explorer toolbar.
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31 Dec 2012   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Around 1996 a group of Microsoft developers got together and created a bunch of unofficial "PowerToys" One of those toys was Tweak UI which allowed users to customize the Windows user interface and advanced settings. Many changes were possible and most were not provided within the operatins system itself.

Microsoft PowerToys - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

So, yes, I would tend to agree with you. There might be a way to accomplish what you're looking for by tweaking Windows 7. Unfortunately, it might also require the use of a 3rd party app or utility since it's not officiallly sanctioned or offered by Microsoft. And because of this Forum's rule # 6 all I can suggest is you could try some innovative googling.

http://www.sevenforums.com/general-d...ease-read.html
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01 Jan 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
And because of this Forum's rule # 6
Thanks for the reply.

What does that rule have to do with my question? I am not trying to hack anyone! Besides, this forum has a tutorial for removing the Explorer toolbar, and the method doesn’t look too "official" to me. So how is the Explorer search box any different?

Window Explorer Toolbar - Remove
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01 Jan 2013   #6

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Hi

Go to control panel > Programs and Features

Next in the left panel click on the Turn Windows features on or off

Scroll down the list and uncheck the box next to Windows Search

Then Click YES and then OK

You will get a message to restart the system

Reboot and See
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01 Jan 2013   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by centaur78 View Post
Hi

Go to control panel > Programs and Features

Next in the left panel click on the Turn Windows features on or off

Scroll down the list and uncheck the box next to Windows Search

Then Click YES and then OK

You will get a message to restart the system

Reboot and See
Hi, centaur78,

Please re-read my original post.
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01 Jan 2013   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rand Marks View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
Apparently not. According to our intrepid tutorial maker it's all or nothing. (See the Warnings.)

Windows Search - Turn On or Off
Hi, marsmimar,

My reasoning is that it must be possible since it’s possible to remove the Explorer toolbar.
Hello Rand,

Sorry, but it's an all or none setting to remove the Search box in Windows Explorer.

One alternative is to use a 3rd party file explorer program like Explorer++ or FreeCommander instead of Windows Explorer.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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01 Jan 2013   #9
Ivo

Windows 7 Home 64, Vista Ultimate 64
 
 

Classic Shell has an option to hide the Search box from the Explorer title bar. Works in Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.
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02 Jan 2013   #10

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Red

I think Ivo has answered your question .... It works as per your requirement.
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