[How to] Hide / Remove Search Box and Up Button from Windows 8.1


Today this article is for Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows 8.1  Operating system user’s. In this my latest article you will get the tutorial on the hide/remove search box and up button from Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 OS. The tech giant Microsoft has put options to hide/remove favorites, libraries from a Windows Explorer navigation pane in Windows 8/8.1 OS. But still there are few annoyances is available in the Windows 8/8.1 Explorer such as combined “Devices and drives” group by section, with  6 extra folders in Windows Explorer, Details Pane at right instead of bottom, etc.

And all above things will be hidden or removed with the help of this article on this website. Here you will get the method to hide or remove  the “Up button” and Search box inside Windows 8/8.1 Explorer of the PC’s. And for the search box, user can easily remove the search box by simply removing the Windows Search component using “Programs and Features” in the Control Panel but in the case of the latest Windows 8/8.1 OS, the system Explorer don’t allow you to remove  the search box.

Here you will get the method as well as a tool which will help you

Steps to Hide / Remove Search Box and Up Button from Windows 8.1

1.  First of all you have to download a free tool, which can help you – “Windows 8.x Explorer Rebar Tweaker“. It is a small and portable tool. And with the help of this app you can remove up button and a search box from Windows 8 and 8.1 Explorer. It also allows you to change the padding between the address bar and search box in Windows Explorer as well as customizing back/forward button’s width.

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2. You have  to only install the exe file. Now you can run “ConfigurationGUI.exe” file to customize options such as:

  • Show/hide Up button
  • Show/hide Search box
  • Change Rebar padding (extra space between address bar and search box)
  • Change navigation buttons (back/forward) width

3. Apply your changes and close all running Windows Explorer windows. Open Windows Explorer again and you’ll see the changes immediately without restarting the Explorer process  or Windows.

Note : Their is separate EXE files available of this program for 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) Windows editions.