New Windows 10 build lets you hide Task View and Search button

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 13, 2014
Updated • Jul 5, 2017
Windows, Windows 10

Microsoft pushed out a new Windows 10 Preview Build yesterday together with the security and regular updates for all its operating systems and products.

Windows 10 users can get it already provided that they have set the speed in which they get the preview builds to fast under Preview Builds in the Update and Recovery part of PC Settings.

As usual, it takes a while for the build to download and if you are on a slow line, you may want to consider doing something else for the time being, While there are not any information about this update's size, it is likely again in the Gigabyte range.

The update brings the build number of the operating system to 9879 and with it come several requested changes ( via the built-in feedback option).

Gone are the Task View and Search buttons

hide taskbar icons

When Windows 10 launched, Microsoft placed a Task View and a Search button in the taskbar that you could not remove natively.

A bad design decision and while some users liked the functionality that one or both buttons offered, most disliked the fact that they could not be removed and were placed prominently in the taskbar.

Third-party tools allowed you to hide them but that meant running them in the background all time.

With the new version of Windows 10 comes an option to hide the buttons. Just right-click on the taskbar and uncheck "Show Task View button" and "Show Search button" to remove both buttons from the Windows 10 taskbar.

Native MKV and H.265 HEVC Support

Introduced in last month's build, MKV support has now been integrated into Windows Media Player so that it can play mkv files directly.

This means that other apps and desktop programs benefit from this as well.

Thumbnails and metadata are shown in File Explorer now and DLNA and Play TO support has been added.

In addition to that, native support for H.265 HEVC has also been added.

Three dots menu now Hamburger menu

Three dots in an app window indicated a menu that you could click on to display options and settings. Microsoft has changed the dots to the well known Hamburger menu instead to  improve the visibility of that menu.

New 3-finger gestures

The following 3-finger gestures have been added:

  1. 3-finger up - Task View
  2. 3-finger down - Show Deskop
  3. 3-finger flick to left or right - Switch to previous app
  4. 3-finger move left or right - Alt-Tab and app selection
  5. 3-finger tap - Search

OneDrive changes

Microsoft introduced a placeholder system on Windows 8.1 in regards to its file synchronization and cloud hosting service OneDrive.

It was used to display all files stored on OneDrive on the local system. Placeholder icons were used for files that were not available locally but only online.

This caused confusion according to Microsoft and was the core reason for the change that was introduced in the latest Windows 10 build.

OneDrive uses selective sync now instead on Windows 10 so that every file that is visible on the hard drive is accessible offline.

Other changes

Folders can now be pinned to the Home screen of File Explorer so that they become available on the new start page of the file browser.

Internet Explorer has a new feedback button that you can use to report broken or working websites.

The Feedback application has been improved. You can now sort by number of votes for example or by trending or most recent suggestions.

Additional information about the changes are available on Microsoft's Windows blog.

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  1. Dan Donx said on January 15, 2023 at 10:29 am

    What mental age of reader are you targeting with the first sentence? 10?

    Why not write an article on how to *avoid* upgrading from W10 to W11. Analogous to those like me who avoided upgrading from 7 to 10 for as long as possible.

    If your paymaster Microsoft permits it, of course.

  2. Dexter said on January 15, 2023 at 11:14 am

    5. Rufus
    6. Ventoy

    PS. I hate reading these “SEO optimized” articles.

    1. cdr said on January 15, 2023 at 3:32 pm

      I used Rufus to create an installer for a 6th gen intel i5 that had MBR. It upgraded using Setup. No issues except for Win 11 always prompting me to replace my local account. Still using Win 10 Pro on all my other PCs to avoid the bullying.

  3. sv said on January 15, 2023 at 6:40 pm

    bit pointless to upgrade for the sake of upgrading as you never know when you’ll get locked out because ms might suddenly not provide updates to unsupported systems.

    ps…. time travelling?
    written. Jan 15, 2023
    Updated • Jan 13, 2023

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 16, 2023 at 5:49 am

      This happens when you schedule a post in WordPress and update it before setting the publication date.

  4. Anonymous said on January 16, 2023 at 8:24 am

    Anyone willing to downgrade to this awful OS must like inflicting themselves with harm.

  5. basingstoke said on January 16, 2023 at 11:18 am

    I have become convinced now that anybody who has no qualms with using Windows 11/10 must fit into one of the following brackets:

    1) Too young to remember a time before W10 and W11 (doesn’t know better)

    2) Wants to play the latest games on their PC above anything else (or deeply needs some software which already dropped W7 support)

    3) Doesn’t know too much about how computers work, worried that they’d be absolutely lost and in trouble without the “”latest security””

    4) Microsoft apologist that tries to justify that the latest “features” and “changes” are actually a good thing, that improve Windows

    5) Uses their computer to do a bare minimum of like 3 different things, browse web, check emails, etc, so really doesn’t fuss

    Obviously that doesn’t cover everyone, there’s also the category that:

    6) Actually liked W7 more than 10, and held out as long as possible before switching, begrudgingly uses 10 now

    Have I missed any group off this list?

    1. Heinz Strunk said on September 19, 2023 at 3:57 pm

      You have missed in this group just about any professional user that uses business software like CAD programs or ERP Programs which are 99% of all professional users from this list.

      Linux doesn’t help anyone who is not a linux kid and apple is just a fancy facebook machine.

  6. ilev said on August 24, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    Microsoft has removed KB5029351 update

    1. EP said on August 24, 2023 at 9:21 pm

      only from windows update though
      KB5029351 is still available from the ms update catalog site

  7. Anonymous said on August 24, 2023 at 11:05 pm

    1. This update is labaled as PREVIEW if it causes issues to unintelligent people, then they shouldn’t have allowed Preview updates ot install.

    2. I have installed it in a 11 years old computer, and no problems at all.

    3. Making a big drama over a bluescreen for an updated labeled as preview is ridiculous.

    This is probably another BS internet drama where people ran programs and scripts that modified the registry until they broke Windows, just for removing stuff that they weren’t even using just for the sake of it.
    Maybe people should stop playing geeks and actually either use Windows 10 or Windows 11, but don’t try to modify things just for the sake of it.

    Sometimes removing or stopping things (like defender is a perfect example) only need intelligence, not scripts or 3rd party programs that might mess with windows.

  8. john said on August 24, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    Windows 11 was a pointless release, it was just created because some of the Windows team wanted to boost sales with some sort of new and improved Windows 10. Instead, Microsoft cannot support one version well let alone two.

    1. John G. said on August 25, 2023 at 12:08 pm

      Windows 11 is the worst ugly shame by Microsoft ever. They should release with every new W11 version a complete free version of Starallback inside just to make this sh** OS functionally again.

  9. EP said on August 25, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    motherboard maker MSI has recently released a statement regarding the “unsupported processor” blue screen error for their boards using Intel 600/700 series chipsets & to avoid the KB5029351 Win11 update:–UNSUPPORTED-PROCESSOR–Error-Message-of-Windows-11-Update-KB5029351-Preview-142215

  10. EP said on August 29, 2023 at 7:32 pm

    check out the following recent articles:

    Neowin – Microsoft puts little blame on its Windows update after UNSUPPORTED PROCESSOR BSOD bug:

    BleepingComputer – Microsoft blames ‘unsupported processor’ blue screens on OEM vendors:

  11. Leonard Britvolli said on August 30, 2023 at 10:33 pm

    While there may be changes or updates to the Windows 10 Store for Business and Education in the future, it is premature to conclude that it will be discontinued based solely on rumors.

  12. sembrador said on September 5, 2023 at 9:32 pm

    My advice, I left win 15 years ago. Now I’m a happy linux user (linuxmint) but there is Centos, Fedora, Ubuntu depending on your needs.

  13. EP said on September 6, 2023 at 11:55 am

    motherboard maker MSI has recently released new BIOS/firmware updates for their Intel 600 & 700 series motherboards to fix the “UNSUPPORTED_PROCESSOR” problem (Sept. 6):–UNSUPPORTED-PROCESSOR–caused-BSOD-on-MSI-s-Intel-700-and-600-Series-Motherboards-142277

  14. Raphael Benzo said on September 24, 2023 at 9:52 pm

    I try to disable the Diagnostics Tracking Service (Connected Devices Platform User Services) but it wont let me disable it, any help will be greatly appreciated.
    Tank you for your help

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