FIX: Cannot type in Windows 10 Search bar. (Solved)

Many Windows 10 users, especially after a Windows update, cannot type in the File Explorer’s search bar or Cortana’s search bar on the taskbar, because they cannot click on the search box to start typing.

FIX: Cannot type in Windows 10 Search bar.

In this guide, you will find several methods to resolve the “Cannot type-search in Search Bar” issue in Windows 10.

Suggestions before proceeding to the methods below:

  1. Install all available Windows Updates. To do that, navigate to Settings -> Update & security and click Check for Updates
  2. If you cannot type in the search bar, after installing an update, then proceed to uninstall it. To do that, go to Settings -> Update & security -> View Update History -> Uninstall Updates.
  3. If you own Windows 10 v1903, download and install manually the KB4515384 update.
  4. If you own Windows 10 v1909, download and install manually the KB4532695 update.

Method 1. Restart Windows Explorer & Cortana

1. Press the CTRL + SHIFT + ESC keys to open the Task Manager.
2. At the Processes tab, highlight the Windows Explorer process and click Restart.


3. Now, right-click on the Search process and click End Task.


4. Now, try to type on the search bar.

Method 2. Run CTF Loader (ctfmon.exe)

The CTF Loader (ctfmon.exe), is a legitimate Windows process (ctfmon.exe), which controls the User Input and the Language bar. In some cases, the ‘ctfmon.exe’ process may not function properly and must be started again. To restart, the CTF Loader (ctfmon.exe) process:

1. Simultaneously press the Windows R keys to open the run command box.
2. In the run command box, copy-paste the below command and press Enter:

  • C:\Windows\system32\ctfmon.exe

3. try to type on the search bar.

Method 3. Re-register Modern Apps

1. Simultaneously press the Windows R keys to open the run command box.
2. Type PowerShell and then press CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER


3. Inside the Administrator PowerShell window, (copy &) paste the following command & press Enter:

Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}


4. When the deployment operation process is completed, ignore any errors and close the PowerShell window.
5. Reboot your computer and then try to perform a search.

Method 4. FIX Windows corruption errors with DISM & SFC tools

1. Open the command prompt as administrator. To do that:

  • Simultaneously press the Windows  R keys to open the ‘Run’ command box2. Type CMD and then press CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER to open an elevated command prompt.

2. At the command prompt window, type the following command & press Enter:

  • Dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth
dism restore health windows 10 8 7

3. Be patient until DISM repairs Compare Windows 11 Home vs Pro Versions | Microsoftnent store. When the operation is completed, (you should be informed that the component store corruption was repaired), give this command and press Enter:

sfc scannow windows 10-8

4. When the SFC scan is completed, restart your computer.

Method 5. Repair Windows 10 with an in-place Upgrade

The final method that usually works, to fix Windows 10 problems, is to perform a Windows 10 Repair-Upgrade.

That’s it! Which method worked for you?

Let me know if this guide has helped you by leaving a comment about your experience.

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