There’s a picture in the Windows 10 Search bar. This started after the May 2022 Windows Update, and so far, I’ve seen either Owls, a tea cup with what might be mint, or a purple flower and a bee. No idea what this kiddy cartoon is called other than looking very much look a toolbar added by malware. Or a BHO, also known as a browser helper object. Maybe a widget, a gadget? Maybe it’s a distant relative of the old Clippy, the Talking Paper Clip from Office ’97? Microsoft has used so many names for extra screen clutter over the years that this is clearly a Whatever. Yes, whatever that is.
Here’s how to turn off the Whatever: Right-click the Search box, and the menu will pop up as below. Uncheck ‘Show search highlights’. Done.
If anybody knows what that setting changes beyond adding cartoons to the bar, let me know and I’ll update this.
Windows 11 became available on October 5th, 2021. This will be a free upgrade for computers made since approximately 2018; there’s a list at Microsoft on what the hardware requirements are, or call me for a free compatibility check.
I’ve created the new Windows 11 Keyboard shortcuts chart. It’s the shortcuts you need to learn most. It’s over at PC410.com, here: