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How to get rid of the ugly search icon rolled out in today's Windows 10/11 update?

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Just updated Windows (2022-06-17, version Windows 10 Pro 21H2) and now there's an eye-catching, ugly icon in the taskbar, which graphics suggests that Windows' intended target audience is children and/or designers of congratulations cards:

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Hoovering with the mouse suggests that "trending" things for me are 3 different pdf with gibberish names, some datasheets I have opened up in the past days... clicking on them opens up a web mail client that I never use, rather than my installed and preferred mail client (which happens to be Microsoft Outlook).

This is a completely useless feature that makes me embarrassed on Microsoft's behalf. How do I turn it off?

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  • Right click on the task bar/the ugly icon
  • Pick "Search"
  • Uncheck "Show search highlights"
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