Windows 11 build 25217 lets you reposition the Search button on the taskbar

The Dev Channel’s Latest Windows 11 Build Features third-party widget support, plus all sorts of minor improvements and bugfixes. There are also features that Microsoft hasn’t so carefully hidden from the keen eyes of enthusiasts, able to unearth them as soon as a new release arrives. This time, Microsoft is experimenting with a new option to move the search button from the center to the left of the taskbar.

As spotted by @GhostOfTheEarth, Windows 11 build 25217 introduces more substantial changes to the search button in addition to numerous design variations (some of them on their way to Windows 10). A new Hidden ID lets you switch from the standard search icon in the middle of the taskbar to a search box in the left corner of the screen next to the Widgets button. The option is available under Settings > Taskbar > Taskbar itemsand here’s how to enable it.

Caution: Unadvertised features are often crude, unstable, or borderline useless. Back up important data before using ViveTool application and enabling hidden options. Remember that using stable Windows 11 is the best way to ensure that your system remains as bug-free as possible.

How to enable new search button settings in Windows 11 build 25217?

  1. Download ViveTool from GitHub and extract the files wherever you want. For example, in C:Vive.
  2. Hurry Win + X and select Terminal (administrator).
  3. Switch Terminal to the command prompt profile using the down arrow button on the tab bar.
    The Windows Terminal app showing how to switch from PowerShell profile to Command Prompt profile
  4. Navigate to the folder containing the ViveTool files using the CD command. For instance, CD C:Vive.
  5. Type vivetool /enable /id:40887771.
  6. Press Enter and restart your computer.
  7. Open the Settings app and go to Customization > Taskbar > Taskbar Items > Search. Note: Disable ID 39072097 if the search box appears to the left of the Start menu button.

To undo changes, repeat the above steps and use the vivetool /disable /id:40887771 in step 5.

What do you think of the new option to place the Windows Search button next to Widgets? Share your opinion in the comments.

Brandon D. James