It is not uncommon for the Taskbar Search function in Windows 10 to become buggy, unresponsive or totally stop working. This can happen after a software update or for no particular reason. You will find below some of the solutions that can help you fix the Search function on your Windows 10 Computer.
Windows 10 Search Not Working
While the issue of Windows 10 Search bar becoming unresponsive can happen at any time on a Windows 10 computer, the problem appears to be more common following a Windows 10 update and also in users who have upgraded to Windows 10 from an earlier version of Windows.
In general, the Search Bar in Windows 10 stops working, nothing happens when you click on it and you won’t be able to type any search terms.
If this is what you are dealing with on your computer, you can try the following fixes that have worked with most users having this problem.
Restart Windows Explorer
It is likely that Windows Explorer is stuck on your Computer. Hence, simply restarting Windows Explorer might clear whatever the minor bug it was encountering and fix the Windows 10 Search Function on your computer.
1. Right click on Windows 10 Start button and then click on Task Manager in the menu that appears.
2. On the Task Manager Window, scroll down and locate Windows Explorer. Next, right-click on Windows Explorer and then click on Restart option in the side-menu that appears (See image below).
This will refresh and restart the Windows Explorer App on your Computer. After this, try to use the Search bar on your computer and see if it has started working.
Restart Your Computer
The simplest and one of the most commonly tried troubleshooting method is to simply close your computer and restart it back again.
While this solution appears simple and may not appeal to you, it has the potential to fix minor glitches on your computer that might be preventing the search function from working properly on your Windows 10 Computer.
It is recommended that you try this solution first, before moving onto other ways of fixing this problem.
End Stuck Cortana Search Process
The search function in Windows 10 is powered by Cortana and you will always find Cortana busy on your Windows 10 computer.
It is quite possible that Cortana is stuck on some task and unable to come out of it. Hence, we are going to kill whatever Cortana was trying to do on your Computer and see if this helps in restoring the Search Function on your Computer.
1. Right click on the Windows 10 Start button and then click on Task Manager in the menu that appears.
2. On the Task Manager screen, make sure that you are on Processes tab. Next, scroll down and right-click on Cortana and then click on End Task option in the side-menu that appears (See image below)
This will end all the tasks that Cortana was trying to performing on your Computer, making it ready and available for the search function.
Use Windows Troubleshooter
Microsoft provides Windows troubleshooter as a part of Windows 10 operating system and this utility can help you fix all kinds of problems on your computer.
1. Right click on the Windows 10 Start button and then click on Control Panel in the menu that appears.
2. On the Control Panel Window, make sure that you are in Category view and click on Find and Fix Problems under “System and Security” section of Control Panel (See image below).
3. On the next screen, click on System and Security.
4. On System and Security screen, right click on Search and Indexing and then click On Run as Administrator option in the side-menu that appears (See image below).
5. On the Search and Indexing screen, click on Next to start the process of troubleshooting Search and Indexing related problems on your Computer.
6. On the next screen, click on the checkbox next to Files don’t appear in search results option and click on Next.
Windows Troubleshooter will start the process of detecting Search and Indexing related problems on your computer. In case problems are found, the troubleshooter will apply the fixes automatically and inform you about the results.
Make Sure Windows Search Service is Working Properly
In case above solutions did not work for you, it is likely that the Windows Search function itself is not setup properly on your Computer.
1. Press and hold the Windows and the R keys on the keyboard of your computer. This will open the Run Command window on your computer.
2. Type services.msc in the Run Command window and click on OK.
3. On the Services screen, scroll down to Windows Search service and right-click on it. From the Menu that appears, click on the Properties option (See image below).
4. On the Windows Search screen, click on the down arrow next to Startup type and then click on Automatic or Automatic (Delayed Start) option.
5. Click on OK to save the settings.
6. After setting the Windows Search Startup Type to Automatic, restart Windows Search by right-clicking on the Windows Search Service again and clicking on Restart option in the side-menu (See image below).
Disable Antivirus Software
In case none of the above solutions are helping you, disable the Antivirus Software Program that is currently running on your Computer and see if this helps in fixing the Taskbar Search Process on your Computer.
If the problem is indeed due to the Antivirus Program on your computer, first make sure that you are using the latest version of Antivirus Software Program.
In case the problem remains even after updating to the latest version of Antivirus Software, it is time to switch to some other Antivirus Program.