Enable Transparency for Cortana Search in the Taskbar

Last Updated on July 28, 2017

The recent Windows 10 Build 15014 has introduced the option of enabling transparency for Cortana search field in the Taskbar.

Though, you can only enable this transparency by editing the registry. This is because both the Control Panel and the Settings app don’t have anything to adjust the transparency.


Now, this transparency is different from the standard taskbar transparency which I have talked about previously. In Windows 10, even if you enable a blurred or clear taskbar, the Cortana search field will still won’t show transparency. In its default state, this looks quite an eyesore.

Enable Transparency for Cortana Search Field in the Taskbar

You can adjust the amount of blur for Cortana background via the registry editor. The key SearchBoxTransparencyBackground controls the amount of blur. Here’s the step-by-step method.

  • Press Windows key and search for regedit. Open the Registry Editor and accept the UAC prompt.
  • Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search\Flighting\0\SearchBoxTransparencyBackground.
  • Look for the DWORD (32-bit value) named Value and double-click on it. You will get the edit box for that DWORD. Here, you can adjust the value of how transparent the Cortana search field background looks. The accepted values range from 0100. The default value of 60 doesn’t look good.
  • Set it to somewhere around <30 to see the clear background. You can adjust the value to your taste. 0 looks fine too.
  • Now go to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search\Flighting\1\SearchBoxTransparencyBackground key in the registry editor and set the same value to the ‘Value’ DWORD as you did in the previous step.
  • After that’s done, you can either restart your PC or the Windows Explorer process from the Task Manager.

That’s all.

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Written by Utkarsh

Utkarsh Bhatt is a certified tech expert and software engineer for a Fortune 500 Company. He was born in 1995, making him one of the oldest members of the team at EFX. Utkarsh loves solving technical issues and is always the first to jump on any problem that needs solving. When he’s not coding or debugging, he enjoys playing video games (especially Super Smash Bros.) and watching cartoons.

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