In September of this year, Microsoft tried to return the search field to the taskbar in the Insider build of Windows 11 Build 25197, but this feature was disabled in build 25201. Now this feature has reappeared, but already in build 22623.870 on the Beta channel.
Interestingly, the design of this element is different from the options that were present in build 25197, and the search itself is now functional. Since the change is still hidden from ordinary users, it can only be enabled using the ViveTool utility. To do this, we suggest using our instructions:
- Download the ViVeTool utility by this link. This is a new version of ViveTool 0.3.2, details of which we have covered in our material.
- Unzip the downloaded archive to any place on your computer (for example, you can create a ViVeTool folder in the root of the C: drive and place the files there).
- Open a command prompt as an administrator (for example, by typing CMD in the search and selecting the appropriate item).
- In the command line, navigate to the folder with ViVeTool using the command cd /d , then press Enter. For example:
cd /d "C:\ViVeTool"
- Enter command
vivetool /enable /id:40887771 /store:bothand press Enter.
- Make sure that the command line shows the message “Successfully set feature configuration”
- Restart your computer to apply the changes.
- Open the Settings app, go to Personalization -> Taskbar -> Taskbar Items and enable Search.
Important! If the Start menu stops working after enabling the search field, then run the following command:
vivetool /disable /id:38937525 /store:both
If you want to disable the functions, then use the command:
vivetool /disable /id:40887771 /store:both