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Shrinking title bar search box in Microsoft Office 365 applications

6th December 2019

Shrinking title bar search box in Microsoft Office 365 applications

It might be a new development but I only recently spotted the presence of a search box in the titles of both Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel that I have as part of an Office 365 subscription. Though handy for searching file contents and checking on spelling and grammer, I also realised that the boxes take up quite a bit of space and decided to see if hiding them was possible.

Shrinking title bar search box in Microsoft Office 365 applications

In the event, I found that they could be shrunk from a box to an icon that expanded to pop up a box when you clicked on them. Since I did not need the box to be on view all the time, that outcome was sufficient for my designs though it may not satisfy others who want to hide this functionality completely.

Shrinking title bar search box in Microsoft Office 365 applications

To get it, it was a matter of going to File > Options and putting a tick in the box next to the Collapse the Microsoft Search box by default entry in the General tab before clicking on the OK button. Doing that freed up some title bar space as desired and searching is only a button press away.

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