How to Remove Cortana’s "Ask Me Anything” Box

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Cortana is useful, but with voice commands, I really don’t find myself using the “Ask me anything” box for anything other than writing tutorials. Luckily, it’s a breeze to turn off. Once gone, you’ve just freed up a significant amount of space on the taskbar. This valuable real estate is hard to come by, and if you aren’t using Cortana’s search bar, it’s an easy way to gain some additional space for your oft-used applications.

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There are two ways to go about this: one turns Cortana’s search bar into an app-sized icon, and the other removes it completely. I’ll show you how to do both.

1. Right-click anywhere on the taskbar.

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2. Select Cortana > Show Cortana icon.

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Once done, it shrinks the “Ask me anything” bar down to the size of a normal icon, like this:

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3. To remove the bar completely, right click the taskbar again.

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4. Select Cortana > Hidden.

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5. To set Cortana’s search bar back to the default, right click the taskbar once more.

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6. Select Cortana > Show search box.

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  • Richard Says:

    damn double-posts :-( . sorry :-( . stupid computer screwed up on me and posted twice what i wrote instead of posting it only ONCE :-(

  • Richard "Rick" Says:

    I wonder if anyone has asked Cortana the following questions:

    1. Cortana, why do I hate you so much?

    2. Cortana, why do you suck so much?

    3. Cortana, why are you so invasive?

    4. Cortana, how do I get rid of you?

    5. Cortana, how do I get rid of Windows 10?

    6. Cortana, how do I send Windows 10 back to Microsoft?

    7. Cortana, how do I tell Microsoft to shove it?

    8. Cortana, how do I tell Microsoft to take a hike?

    9. Cortana, how do I tell Microsoft to take a long walk off a short pier?

    10. Cortana, how do I get Microsoft to take a hike and shove it?

    11. Cortana, how do I get Microsoft to take back Windows 10 from me and give me back all the money they owe me for all my frustration in using piece-of-shit operating system?

    12. Cortana, how do I get Microsoft to take back Windows 10 from me and give me back all the money they owe me for all my frustration in using this thing they call a “operating system” but is actually a piece of shit?

    13. Cortana, how do I ask you to shove it?

    14. Cortana, how do I get you to stop being so damn snoopy?

    15. Cortana, how do I get you to stop reporting back to Microsoft?

    16. Cortana, how do I get you to stop reporting things back to Microsoft?

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