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Though Taskbar Search in Windows 10 is an excellent feature yet sometimes the users are founded to decide not to make searches using this taskbar anymore. Why? Reason for this can be – the search work has become difficult, the ‘Cortana’ got stuck at some place, your system’s index mixed up.

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Every problem has a solution, and the same applies here also i.e. several solutions for this issue is also available. The finest idea to fix ‘Taskbar Search When It is Not Working in Windows 10’ is to begin with the easiest method and then move down the list if the issue still persists. So, let’s start:

Restart your PC

Sometimes simply restarting your PC can fix the issue. Hence even the tech proficient folks recommend you to try fixing the issue (under the right conditions) with this simple procedure. If the search issue still persists after executing a restart, then read on!

Terminate Cortana’s Process

Just terminating the Cortana’s Process running in the Task Manager may do the miracle. And it will restart automatically almost instantly after ending the procedure. Follow the steps given below to ‘End the Cortana’s Process’:

  • Right-click on the Start button.
  • Click on ‘Task Manager’ option.
  • Click on ‘Cortana’.

You might have to scroll down a little bit to find it.

  • Click on ‘End Task’ tab.

Did this trick proves beneficial? If not, then keep reading.

Restart Windows Explorer

Restarting ‘Windows Explorer’ might acts as another quick fix attempt to start your taskbar search. Follow the below given instructions:

  • Right-click on the Start button.
  • Click on ‘Task Manager’ option.
  • Click on ‘Windows Explorer’.
  • Click on Restart button.

Read further if you still unable to search from your Windows 10 taskbar.

Use Windows Troubleshooter for Restoring Index Services

The Windows Troubleshooter might make your work easy. The steps to use this are here:

  • Press the Windows + R Key present on your keyboard in order to open the Run window.
  • After that type ‘Control Panel’ followed by pressing Enter key on your keyboard.
  • Click on ‘Troubleshooting’ option.
  • Proceed with clicking on ‘System and Security’.
  • Right-click on ‘Search and Indexing’ option.
  • Click on ‘Run as Administrator’.
  • After that clicking on ‘Next’ will run the troubleshooter.
  • Tick mark the checkbox located next to any issues you are facing. Here, you should select ‘Files don’t appear in search results’ option.
  • Then click ‘Next’.

There are chances that the Troubleshooter may not identify the issues. But once it detects an issue then it will fix it. If the Search is still not working? Continue Reading!

Set the Startup Options & Restart Windows Search

Your Computer/ laptop might have been abstracted during startup & may forgot to restart the Windows Search. Thus reaching to Services and Setting Startup Parameters & finally restarting Windows Search with help of the following steps, will positively get your Taskbar Search working once again.

  • Press the Windows + R Key of your keyboard to open the Run Window.
  • Type ‘services.msc’ command into the Run field.
  • Click on OK.
  • Right-click on Windows Search.
  • Click the ‘Properties’ option.
  • Hit the dropdown menu located next to Startup type.
  • Click on Automatic (Delayed Start) or Automatic option according to your preference.
  • Click on Apply followed by clicking on OK.
  • Right-click on Windows Search once again.
  • Click on Restart.

Modify the Size of Your Paging File

Another potential fix involves increasing the paging file size. Here’s how to do so.

  • Hit the Windows + R Key of your keyboard to open the Run window.
  • Type sysdm.cpl command and click on ‘OK’.
  • Click on Advanced tab.
  • Hit the Settings button in the Performance section & again click on the ‘Advanced’ tab.
  • Click the Change… button present in the Virtual memory section.
  • Mark the checkbox located next to automatically manage paging file size for all drives so the checkmark disappears.
  • After that click on Custom size.

According to the size of your hard drive, try with an initial size of 16MB & maximum of at least 2000MB. If problems with your PC’s performance get appears, reset the file by marking the checkbox present next to ‘Automatically manage paging file size of all drives’ option.

Are You Able To Search Now?

Hopefully one of the aforementioned steps helped you in getting your Taskbar Search utility working again. If you are still unable to get the Taskbar Search then contact Windows 10 Tech Support for instant help.

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