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

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 ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Lundin‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Lundin‭

#5: Post edited by user avatar Lundin‭ · 2022-06-27T10:35:48Z (almost 2 years ago)
  • 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:
  • ![Image alt text](https://powerusers.codidact.com/uploads/MjtjsNGQC6ZuKcv7zViRQ819)
  • 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 completely useless and feature that makes me embarrassed on Microsoft's behalf. How do I turn it off?
  • 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:
  • ![Image alt text](https://powerusers.codidact.com/uploads/MjtjsNGQC6ZuKcv7zViRQ819)
  • 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?
#4: Post edited by user avatar Lundin‭ · 2022-06-17T08:40:16Z (about 2 years ago)
  • Just updated Windows (2022-06-17) 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:
  • ![Image alt text](https://powerusers.codidact.com/uploads/MjtjsNGQC6ZuKcv7zViRQ819)
  • 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 completely useless and feature that makes me embarrassed on Microsoft's behalf. How do I turn it off?
  • 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:
  • ![Image alt text](https://powerusers.codidact.com/uploads/MjtjsNGQC6ZuKcv7zViRQ819)
  • 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 completely useless and feature that makes me embarrassed on Microsoft's behalf. How do I turn it off?
#3: Post edited by user avatar Lundin‭ · 2022-06-17T06:54:23Z (about 2 years ago)
  • Just updated Windows (2022-06-17) 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:
  • ![Image alt text](https://powerusers.codidact.com/uploads/MjtjsNGQC6ZuKcv7zViRQ819)
  • 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...
  • This is completely useless and feature that makes me embarrassed on Microsoft's behalf. How do I turn it off?
  • Just updated Windows (2022-06-17) 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:
  • ![Image alt text](https://powerusers.codidact.com/uploads/MjtjsNGQC6ZuKcv7zViRQ819)
  • 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 completely useless and feature that makes me embarrassed on Microsoft's behalf. How do I turn it off?
#2: Post edited by user avatar Lundin‭ · 2022-06-17T06:53:09Z (about 2 years ago)
  • Just updated Windows (2022-06-17) and now there's an eye-catching, ugly icon which graphics suggests that Windows' intended target audience is children and/or designers of congratulations cards:
  • ![Image alt text](https://powerusers.codidact.com/uploads/MjtjsNGQC6ZuKcv7zViRQ819)
  • 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...
  • This is completely useless and feature that makes me embarrassed on Microsoft's behalf. How do I turn it off?
  • Just updated Windows (2022-06-17) 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:
  • ![Image alt text](https://powerusers.codidact.com/uploads/MjtjsNGQC6ZuKcv7zViRQ819)
  • 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...
  • This is completely useless and feature that makes me embarrassed on Microsoft's behalf. How do I turn it off?
#1: Initial revision by user avatar Lundin‭ · 2022-06-17T06:49:59Z (about 2 years ago)
How to get rid of the ugly search icon rolled out in today's Windows 10/11 update?
Just updated Windows (2022-06-17) and now there's an eye-catching, ugly icon which graphics suggests that Windows' intended target audience is children and/or designers of congratulations cards:

![Image alt text](https://powerusers.codidact.com/uploads/MjtjsNGQC6ZuKcv7zViRQ819)

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... 

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