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How to enable the new search button on the taskbar in Windows 11

With every new update released by Microsoft for Windows 11, some features are always hidden. Most of the time, you’ll see this in Developer Channel builds for Windows Insiders. Once these builds are made available to users, users will always be looking around to see what’s new and what items can be manually tweaked.

This time, users will be able to change the search button on the taskbar. From now on, the default search icon on the taskbar is a magnifying glass. However, there have been several reports where you can see that the magnifying glass icon has been replaced by various search bars. So, if you’re itching to activate the new search button on your Windows 11 PC taskbar, this guide is for you.

Enable new search buttons on the taskbar

To enable the new search buttons on the Windows 11 taskbar, you need to have two things on your PC.

Prerequisites

Download ViVeTool

If you’ve followed some of our Windows 11 guides, ViVeTool has been mentioned and often used to enable all of these features. If you don’t have ViVeTool, you can follow the steps below to download it.

  • Fire up your favorite web browser and visit this GitHub page.
  • Once the ViVeTool GitHub page is open, download the latest available version of the tool.
  • Click the Download ViVeTool ZIP file. This is a small file that weighs just under 370 KB.
  • After downloading the file, extract the file.

Enable search buttons

Now that you’ve installed the required Windows 11 Insider Preview update and have ViVeTool, it’s time to activate the new Windows 11 taskbar search button.

  • From the Start menu, find and launch Command Prompt.
  • Be sure to run it as an administrator.
  • Now go to the folder where you unpacked ViVeTool.
  • Right-click the folder and select the “Copy as path” option.
  • Return to the command prompt and type cd followed by the path to the ViVeTool folder. Be sure to run the command by pressing the Enter key.
  • Now you need to enter vivetool /enable/id:39263329/variant:1.
  • You can change the variable option to 3 and 5 respectively.
  • Here’s how you can change the search button on the taskbar of your Windows 11 PC. Please note that this will only work for users of the Windows Insider Program Developer Channels running Windows 11. So, what do you think of the new button? task bar? Do you think this is much cooler than the usual magnifying glass icon? Let us know your thoughts on our social networks.

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