MC584340 – Customizing search on the Windows 11 taskbar for organizations and managed devices

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check before: 2023-06-26


Intune, Windows


Online, Web, Windows Desktop, World tenant


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The Windows 11 taskbar search experience is coming to organizations and managed devices. This feature was originally released in March 2023, and beginning with the July 2023 optional non-security preview update, it will be released to managed devices running Windows 11, version 21H2. IT admins can manage the taskbar search experience for the devices in their organization using the DisableSearch policy. Additionally, the ConfigureSearchOnTaskbarMode policy offers options to hide the search bar by default, adjust icon settings, and more. Policies can be configured in Microsoft Intune by custom policy, and are available on Settings Catalog today.

With the July 2023 optional non-security preview update, a search box will appear on the taskbar. The search experience is designed to assist users in finding things on their device, including apps, files, and settings. It can also help users quickly access the web for online information. For the full details on configuring this feature in your organization, see the Techcommunity post Customizing search on the Windows 11 taskbar, and the links in the Additional Information section of this entry.

When will this happen:
The July 2023 optional non-security preview update is planned to release on July 25, and will bring this feature to managed devices. Previously, this feature was available to home users beginning with the March 2023 update.

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