Windows 10, with every update, is bringing many interesting and important features. It has provided Controlled Folder access, emoji panel, Color filters, the feature to adjust bandwidth to download system updates, and more. More features are on the list that are currently available in preview builds. One of those features is floating Search box in Windows 10. Yes! You can use Windows 10’s native Search box as floating or pop-up Search box on the desktop screen.
This feature to use built-in Windows 10 Search box as floating search box is similar to MacOS Spotlight Search. You may have a look at the screenshot below. As you can see, it’s the new floating search box enabled in Windows 10. It works in the same manner. You can type the keywords and it will show you the results, just like you search for something using Search box in Windows 10 taskbar.
The image below shows floating search box on Windows 10.
Before starting, you should have a look at these important points:
- Currently, this feature is available with Windows 10 preview build 17040 or higher. It is not present in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update or earlier versions.
- You can use floating Search box in Windows 10 only when Show search box option is turned off. Right-click on Windows 10 taskbar and access Cortana option to do the changes. Set it to “Hidden” or “Show Cortana icon” mode to make this feature work.
Now let’s see the steps.
Steps To Turn On Floating Search Box In Windows 10:
1). Press hotkey ‘Win+r‘ to launch Run Command.
2). Write ‘regedit‘ in the Run Command box and then you need to press Enter key. This will start Registry Editor window.
3). Look for the ‘Flighting‘ registry key. To make it very easy for you, here is the path:
Just copy and paste this path in Registry Editor’s address bar and press Enter.
4). Create a new key under Flighting registry key. For this, right-click on Flighting key > New > Key. When you’ve created the new key, set its name as ‘Override‘.
5). Select Override key and create a DWORD value under that key. You can do this by right-clicking on Override key > New > and selecting DWORD (32-bit) Value. When new DWORD value is generated, rename it with ‘ImmersiveSearch‘.
6). Double-click on ImmersiveSearch DWORD value. It will open ‘Edit DWORD (32-bit) Value‘ box. In that box, there is a ‘Value data‘ field. In that field, enter ‘1’ and then press OK button. Check the snapshot added below.
This is it! The floating search box is enabled.
7). Now click on Cortana icon visible on the taskbar or press ‘Win+S‘ hotkey. You will see that floating search box of Windows 10 is opened.
Type your query just like you do when using the Search box on taskar and you will get the results.
If you are not able to use the floating search box, then simply restart File Explorer or your PC.
This is how we can enable floating search box in Windows 10. I am personally happy to try this feature. There are many application launchers also available that provide a floating search box to find files, applications, etc. Microsoft has brought the similar feature with its native search box in Windows 10. You may try it.