Windows 10: cannot search folders on desktop - unable to type anything in searchbox

Discus and support cannot search folders on desktop - unable to type anything in searchbox in Cortana to solve the problem; Since last update - unable to search folders. Restarting File Explorer each time you want to search for something is not acceptable. Is there another... Discussion in 'Cortana' started by darklin, Nov 29, 2019.

  1. darklin Win User

    cannot search folders on desktop - unable to type anything in searchbox


    Since last update - unable to search folders. Restarting File Explorer each time you want to search for something is not acceptable. Is there another answer to this problem? It's kind of an important issue/glitch/mess

    :)
     
    darklin, Nov 29, 2019
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  2. enso Win User

    Quick Access not searching Pictures folder

    Summary, that last suggestion didn't work.

    • I moved the pictures to another folder temporarily.


    • Since there were no troubleshooting steps for this scenario, just for the heck of it, I ran through the restore steps. Copied some pictures into the Pictures folder, ran a Quick Access search and initial problem remains: Searching all of QA doesn't find any files in Pictures folder, running search on just the Pictures folder does. I want to run a global search and find matching files in any/all of the Documents, Music, Videos, and Pictures folders.
    That article dates from 2015 and I'm guessing is out of date. I hope it didn't create potential future problems in my registry.

    Bottom line: I'm still looking for a fix.
     
  3. Eric Ber Win User
    Disable Web Search when I hit Windows Key to Search my Computer

    Hi Larry,

    To be able to disable the Web Search when using the searchbox, you need to turn off Cortana. The searchbox will now say "Search Windows" instead of "Ask me anything." It will be more responsive and only show results from your hard drive or local network. To
    do this, you can follow the steps below:

    • Login to Windows 10 computer with your Microsoft account.
    • Click on Cortana search bar.
    • In the search box at the bottom, type Disable Cortana.
    • Once the suggestions appear in the list, click Cortana & Search settings.
    • Then turn off Cortana option.

    Should you need further assistance, don't hesitate to get back to us.
     
    Eric Ber, Nov 29, 2019
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  4. ksstr Win User

    cannot search folders on desktop - unable to type anything in searchbox

    Unable to type text in any of start (search func)


    • As mentioned in title, I was unable to type in the start (press start > press any key to search)
    • Unable to type wifi password too (but can paste) > essentially the wifi passcode textbox that popups up from taskbar
    • I have tried many well-known antiviruses, malwarebytes etc. but none could solve the issue
    • I have also tried powershell scripts to fix but it doesn't work either:
      cannot search folders on desktop - unable to type anything in searchbox [​IMG]
     
    ksstr, Nov 29, 2019
    #4
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