Windows 10: Cortana Search box settings how to get it to do what I want

Discus and support Cortana Search box settings how to get it to do what I want in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; On the whole I quite like Windows 10, but there is one thing I have hated since first opening it up and that is the wretched Cortana Search box on the... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by JOC, May 30, 2019.

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    JOC Win User

    Cortana Search box settings how to get it to do what I want


    On the whole I quite like Windows 10, but there is one thing I have hated since first opening it up and that is the wretched Cortana Search box on the desktop. How do I get back the windows 7 search box functionality where it would only search for things on the computer itself? I have spent literally hours online searching for a solution and cannot find one which I can apply to this computer - I've done all the recommended stuff like clicking on the Cortana settings, and clicking the notebook icon which brings me to nothing useful. All I want is a search box that will find me files on my computer and behave like the search box did on windows 7 i.e. to ignore the internet when it is searching without having to make any additional selections. I'd even download a 'safe' 3rd party application to get it. If I want to search the internet I'll fire up Chrome and use Google all I actually want is a search box that will find me files on the actual computer itself.

    Additionally, if I have to keep this rotten Cortana thing on the screen and it does end up having to search the internet is there anyway of it opening it's searches with Google and not that dreadful Bing!

    The one thing that drove me nuts with Windows 10 was this Cortana thing - it still sits there taking up huge amounts of space on the taskbar rather than being under the start menu click. I don't like it and I certainly don't want it, it doesn't behave or do what I want and it just sits there taking up space. I am not interested in cross device performance or making everything connect I don't need it and I don't want it. I really liked the performance and behaviour of the Windows 7 search box on the start menu - how do I get it back please?

    If anyone can give me a Windows 10 Search box masterclass I would really appreciate it

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    Hi,

    Thank you for posting your query on Microsoft Community.

    I appreciate your interest in Windows 10.We sincerely regret for the inconvenience caused.

    I suggest you to follow the below steps and check if are able to find search box.


    • Right click on the task bar.

    • Go to Cortana.

    • Click on show search box.
    Now check if you are able to find search box.

    Please let us know if you need further assistance.

    Thank you.
     
    Divya Murugan, May 30, 2019
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  3. Cortana search box - type request

    Since I got a Win 10 update a few days ago, Cortana has been hard to deal with :>). She will take requests verbally but if it try to type something into her search box, as soon as I enter a letter, a white box appears as though some suggestions will be
    listed (as it did before the update) and then all of a sudden it disappears and I am back to the original Cortana window. Any ideas? I did set up other admin user and Cortana will allow that user to type into the box and she will immediately start a list
    of suggestions. Also I tried "method 1 and 2 that required changes to the registry.
     
    Richardsymms, May 30, 2019
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  4. Cortana Search box settings how to get it to do what I want

    Cortana and settings options disappeared


    Have you been able to use Cortana before and have you experienced any problems with it then?
    What about trying a system restore?

    Also this could be of some use to you: Cortana Search Box Windows 10
    I would particually suggest step 3 and see if the problem still remains with a new user account.
     
    ellellell1, May 30, 2019
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