Windows 11 desktop search box appears in Insider Build 25120

What do you want to know

  • Microsoft recently released Windows 11 Build 25120 for Insiders in the Dev Channel.
  • The release includes a desktop search box.
  • Microsoft is experimenting with new forms of interactive content on the Windows desktop, including the new search box.

Windows 11 Build 25120 was recently rolled out to Insiders in the Dev Channel. The release includes a new feature, a desktop search box. The tool can be used to browse the web and works similarly to the search widget for Windows 11.

Microsoft announced in February that it would try concepts with longer timelines in the Dev Channel. The search box in the latest Windows Insider build is an example of these types of features. Microsoft noted that these kinds of features may never make it to Windows, but are in place to elicit feedback.

“Beginning with this preview release, some Insiders will see one of these conceptual features as we begin to explore exposing lightweight interactive content to the Windows desktop,” Microsoft said in its construction blog post 25120.

“Today, Windows exposes this type of content in the Widgets table. To begin to assess this general idea and interaction pattern, the first exploration in this area adds a search box displayed on the desktop that allows you to search on the Web.”

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You can remove the search box by right-clicking on the desktop, selecting “Show more options” and disabling “Show search”.

The search box is the only new feature in Windows 11 Build 25120, but the update includes a short list of fixes:

  • Suggested actions should now appear for more date and time formats.
  • Fixed some issues with some formats when copying a date and/or time.
  • Improved overall performance and reliability of the feature.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause settings to crash when opening and viewing the battery usage graph.
  • Improved the performance of displaying Wi-Fi networks after enabling Wi-Fi in the Wi-Fi section of quick settings.
  • Fixed an issue that caused unreadable text to appear in the Performance page when a contrast theme was enabled.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Windows Update to crash and rollback updates for WSA users.
  • Did some work to fix a stutter in the progress wheel animation when upgrading to a new version.

Amanda J. Marsh