How to Get Rid of the Magnifying Glass on the System Tray


The magnifying glass commonly found in the Windows desktop taskbar is officially known as the Windows search tray icon. This icon represents a Windows application that indexes and catalogs file movement and creation throughout the use of the computer. There are many instances where the computer hardware or software environment does not adequately lend itself to using the Windows search tray application. For example, hardware such as SSD drives undergo unnecessary read and write cycles that, over time, lowers the storage and read speed capabilities of the drive. Getting rid of the magnifying glass on Windows' system tray takes just a few steps.

  • Open the control panel from the Windows "Start" menu.

  • Select the "Appearance and Personalization" heading from the list of available options.

  • Select the "Taskbar and Start Menu."

  • Click the "Notification Area" tab on the dialog box that appears. This tab is located near the top of the dialog box window.

  • Locate the "System icons" heading.

  • Click the radio button for the "Windows search" option. This button should appear unchecked to remove the magnifying glass icon from the system tray.

  • Click the "Apply" button when asked to confirm your choice.

  • Click the "OK" button to close the properties dialog box.

Tips & Warnings

  • The Windows search tray icon represents a running process within the Windows environment. Removing this icon shuts down the process, which makes future searches take more time. But this time is often measured in a few seconds per search.

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