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How to fix taskbar search not working in Windows 10
How do I fix my taskbar search in Windows 10?
Once in awhile, Windows 10 decides it doesn't want to search from the taskbar anymore. Why? Detective work is hard work. Or Cortana got stuck somewhere else. Or your PC's index became all kinds of mixed up. There are several solutions to this problem — the best idea is to start at the easiest and move down the list if the problem persists. Let's see if we can't fix your taskbar search in Windows 10.
Restart your computer
Before rushing to the comments section to explain how useless this step is, remember that even the most tech proficient sometimes — under the right conditions — forget this step. If your search problems persist following a restart, read on!
End Cortana's process
Ending Cortana's process in Task Manager might just do the trick. After ending the process, it will automatically restart almost immediately.
Did restarting Cortana do the trick? If not, keep reading.
Restart Windows Explorer
Another quick fix attempt, restarting Windows Explorer might jump-start the taskbar search into working again.
Read on if you still can't search from your Windows 10 taskbar.
Use Windows troubleshooter to restore indexing services
The much maligned Windows troubleshooter might just do the trick here.
Your PC might have been distracted during startup and forgot to start Windows Search. Going into Services and setting startup parameters and finally restarting Windows Search will hopefully get your taskbar search working again.
Can we search now?
Did one of these steps help you get your taskbar search working again? Let us know in the comments section below!