How to disable Bing AI Chat from Taskbar Search in Windows 11

How to disable Bing AI Chat from Taskbar Search in Windows 11

The latest security update “KB5022913” for Windows 11, version 22h2 has brought the Bing AI chat integration directly to the taskbar search. With this feature added to the Windows Search, you can get web suggestions directly from Bing AI-powered ChatGPT. The only drawback to this is that it will occupy more space than it used to.

So, if you are wondering how to disable the Bing AI Chat from taskbar Search, you have come to the right place. In this post, we will discuss both disabling as well as enabling this new chatbot on the taskbar search. However, if your concern is the big search box, you better remove its icon only and continue experiencing the web suggestions from Bing AI.

Disable Bing AI Chat from Taskbar Search in Windows 11

To disable the Bing AI Chat from the taskbar search in Windows 11, do the following –

  • Press Windows + X, and select Settings from the Power menu.
  • Select Privacy & Security from the left navigation and head over to the right pane.
  • Look for Search Permissions under the Windows Permissions section.
  • When found, click on it and scroll down to the “More settings” section. You may find this section at the bottom of the Search permissions page.
  • Turn off the toggle switch next to Show Search highlights and you will find the Bing Chat AI removed from the search box.

From now onward, whenever you search for anything over the web, you will not find any web suggestions from the Bing Chatbot. However, the Bing Chatbot still be there in the top-right corner. The web suggestions from other sources will continue to appear as before. See the Snapshot below –

What is Bing AI Chatbot

How do I remove the Bing AI Chat icon from the taskbar search?

With Bing AI Chat integration into the taskbar search, the size of this Search bar has increased a lot. In case you want to get the old Search back, you may remove the icon by using the below steps –

  • Right-click anywhere on the taskbar and select Taskbar settings.
  • The system will redirect you to the following page under Settings –

Personalization > Taskbar

  • On the right pane, use the drop-down menu inside Taskbar items, and change it to Search icon and label. When you select this option, the Search bar including the bing icon will now be replaced with a search bar only.
Remove Bing icon appearing in Windows Search bar
  • In case you would like to further shorten this search bar, select the Search icon only in the above step.

The taskbar will immediately adjust according to the option selected by you under Personalization > Taskbar.

Learn how to Restore Missing Taskbar Icons on Windows 11

How to Enable Bing Chat AI ack on Windows 11 Taskbar Search

If you have already started missing the new bing icon appearing on the taskbar search and want to enable it back, use these steps –

  • Press Windows + I to launch Settings.
  • Go to Privacy & Security, and head over to the right pane.
  • Scroll down to Search permissions under Windows Permissions, and click on the same.
  • Scroll again to the bottom and you will find the More settings section.
  • Enable the toggle switch available next to Show Search highlights.
Enable Bing AI Chat by turning on Show Search highlights

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