While Windows updates bring new features, at times, they also mess up other things. One of the functionalities that keeps breaking, at least for my system, is the Windows Search. And I am sure many also experience the same troubles. If Windows 10 Search isn’t working on your computer, you are in the right place. You will find 9 solutions in this post to fix various problems related to search on Windows 10 computer.
For some users, the Windows Search button doesn’t work. That is, clicking on it doesn’t open the search panel. Others are unable to type in the search box. Similarly, while others can type in the search bar, search results do not appear, and the search box appears blank.
Whatever the issue you are facing regarding Windows Search, the following solutions should help. Let’s start.
1. Restart Computer
The first solution that you should try is to restart your Windows 10 PC. Sometimes, such a simple solution saves you from unnecessary tinkering around your otherwise fine system. So save your work and reboot your computer.
Step 1: Open Task Manager by right-clicking on the Start Menu icon.
Step 2: Go to the Services tab. Click on Open Services.
Step 3: The Services window will open. Scroll down and look for Windows Search. Right-click on it and select Restart.
Step 4: Further, double-click on Windows Search to open its properties. Make sure the box next to Startup type shows Automatic or Automatic (Delayed Start). If it’s showing Manual, click on the drop-down box and choose Automatic. Click on Apply. Also, click on the Start button to start the service. Then, restart your computer.
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3. Restart Various Tasks
You need to restart a couple of tasks from the Task Manager to make Windows Search work. Those include Windows Explorer, Cortana, and Search.
Here’s how to go about it.
Step 1: Right-click on the Start Menu icon and choose Task Manager. You can also right-click on the taskbar and select Task Manager.
Step 3: Close the PowerShell window and restart the computer. Then check Windows Search.
8. Check Search Settings
Open Settings > Search on your computer. Check whether any setting throws an error. Also, verify whether everything is according to your requirement. Enable/disable various settings to see if something fixes the search problem on your Windows 10 computer.
9. Check Keyboard Language
If you cannot type in Windows Search and other places on your computer, you should check keyboard language. Make sure a supported language is selected.
Open Settings > Time & Language. Click on the Language from the left sidebar, followed by Keyboard.
On the Keyboard settings screen, select Use language list under the ‘Override for default input method’ drop-down box.
We hope one of the above solutions should have fixed the Windows 10 Search not working issue. If the above solutions didn’t help, look at the Microsoft support page that also offers a few solutions for the Windows Search problems.
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