Can't type in Windows 10 search bar? Here's how to solve the problem?

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Computing is good, but when it works. Indeed, when you start to break down, it can quickly become the cross and banner to fix it, especially if you're new to this.

Indeed, often, the solutions are not always within reach of all and if you are here, it is precisely that you are looking for one of these solutions and especially that it is affordable for all.

You have had a problem for a few moments, it is that it is quite simply unable to type in your computer's search bar, which is a bit disabling, it must be admitted.

So, in this article, we suggest you go around the different solutions that could resolve the problem. We will go from the simplest solutions to those that require a little more control.

Restart the computer

The first thing to do when you have a bug like this is often the most obvious thing and here it's going to be simply to restart your computer to see if the bug persists.

Indeed, there may be times when a program does not launch correctly and where a simple restart of your computer can solve it, without necessarily having to fumble in the folders.

Try it here and make sure you have a keyboard that works properly and who is not himself a victim of bugs that could explain why you can no longer type anything.

If your keyboard works perfectly and if even after restarting your computer, you still cannot solve the problem or if it comes back quite insistently, we advise you to go to the next step.

Check for overdue updates

The next step is simply to check that you don't have an overdue update on your computer. Indeed, on Windows 10, a well-known bug can cause this problem.

So, if you have an update that you have been asked to do for a while, the best thing is to simply take the time to do it. If ever you are not offered one, you can check manually.

To do this, it's quite simple, follow these steps:

  • Click on the button Start at the bottom left of your screen.
  • Then go to the Settings.
  • Then in the tab Update and security.
  • And finally Windows update.
  • Once you are there, check that you are not offered one.

You can also launch a search yourself on the internet so that your machine can make sure that there is no update to be done. If so, do it and check if the issue is resolved or not.

Attempt to close the search bar function and Windows Explorer

If the problem is not solved after the first two attempts, this time we will force the restart of the search bar in the hope that the problem will be solved with this new launch.

For it:

  • you must open task manager, either via the shortcut CTRL+ALT+DELETE or when clicking on the task bar with the right click then opening this task manager.
  • In the Task Manager window, click on the Details tab located at the top.
  • Then go in search of SearchHost.exe in the Details tab.
  •  Stop the process by pressing the button End of task located at the bottom of the window.
  • In the dialog box, select Complete the process.
  • Then you just have to open the search bar again to start the process and check if this has indeed put an end to its malfunction or not.

If that doesn't work, it's worth restarting File Explorer to see if that fixes the problem.
To do this, click on the Processes tab, find Windows explorer, right-click it and click Restart.

Restart ctfmon.exe

Finally, the last technique is surely the one that will require the most concentration, especially if you are not necessarily an expert in the field of computers.

Indeed, on Windows 10, the search bar needs to open a program called ctfmon.exe to work. However, sometimes it simply does not launch, making the search bar unusable.

To start it, you will have to simultaneously press the R and Windows keys which will open a small command prompt. In it, you will then have to type: C:\Windows\system32\ctfmon.exe

This will have the effect of asking your computer to launch this program and normally, once it is launched, you should again have access to your Windows search bar.