Remove Search button from File Explorer

This policy setting allows you to remove the Search button from the File Explorer toolbar. If you enable this policy setting the Search button is removed from the Standard Buttons toolbar that appears in File Explorer and other programs that use the File Explorer window such as My Computer and Network Locations. Enabling this policy setting does not remove the Search button or affect any search features of Internet browser windows such as the Internet Explorer window. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting the Search button is available from the File Explorer toolbar. This policy setting does not affect the Search items on the File Explorer context menu or on the Start menu. To remove Search from the Start menu use the “Remove Search menu from Start menu” policy setting (in User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Start Menu and Taskbar). To hide all context menus use the “Remove File Explorer’s default context menu” policy setting.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Policies -> Explorer # NoShellSearchButton

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Windows Components -> File Explorer


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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