Windows 10: Why cant I use the search facility?

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  1. Skofab Win User

    Why cant I use the search facility?


    Following a number of oddities and quirks, I decided to reset one of my laptops (including knocking out the files)
    The laptop is running 32 bit system. Version 1909 (OS build 18363.476)
    Reset went well with no apparent hitches. Added the programs I wished to use etc, and sent data from other computer to finalise to the point at which I was satisfied. THEN, I went to use the search facility -
    Push search on the taskbar, and the new window appears, but in a moment it then disappears, OR it stays but will not accept
    any typing in the box.
    Would appreciate any help and guidance on this annoyance.
    Thanks in advance
    CJ

    :)
     
    Skofab, Nov 15, 2019
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    I got these suggestions from the Microsoft Community forum.No. 1 worked for me:

    Thank you for posting the query on Microsoft Community. I am glad to assist you on this.
    We have reproduce the issue here and we are able to access non-regional search for google using Microsoft Edge.
    I would suggest you to try the below steps and check if it helps.
    Step 1:
    Clear browsing data option of Microsoft Edge and check if you face the issue. To do so perform the steps below.

    1. Click on the More actions icon next to the feedback icon present on top right corner of the Project Spartan homepage.
    2. Select Settings and click on Choose what to clear.
    3. Check the boxes Browsing history, Cookies and saved website data and Cached data and files and click on Clear.
    Step 2:
    I suggest you to create a new user account and check if the issue occurs.

    1. Go to Settings.
    2. Choose Accounts and then select Family and other users.
    3. Select add someone else on this PC.
    4. Enter a user name and hit next.
    5. Click on Finish.
    6. Sign out from the current Account and Log into the new account.
    Step 3:
    It could also happen because of network issue. I suggest you to try with different network connection and check if it helps.
     
    hurricane51, Nov 15, 2019
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  3. Unable to find files with search facility on Window 10

    I have problems using the search facility on Windows 10. I know this is increadibly basic stuff, but I've just got fed up with searching through the 'family tree' type network of stored files.
    Even files that I have saved just a few months ago never appear in searches, including ones I can eventually find by scrolling through File Explorer, that same file will not be found by the search facility.
    I save some files onto Dropbox which is stored on the Data D: drive, Others on OneDrive. I sometimes backup files onto an external Samsung Hard drive which is permanently attached to the laptop.
    I have business files dating back up to 20 years and while I can usually find recent files trolling through File Explorer I certainly need a search facility to find older files.
    With a previous PC with XP installed the search facility seemed to work much better (if a little slow) If I wasn't sure of the filename but had an idea of some of the letters I'd use those with asterisks and the filename (like '*bac*.doc') I could then choose which folders to look in and that was usually successful.
    With Windows 10, even if I know the file name it often won't find it, let alone if I'm unsure of the name. I don't really even know where it is searching. The default setting seems to be the internet which I don't want. If I then click on documents I get to option to search File Explorer and that's about as far as it gets.

    As an example, I have hundreds of documents, PDF, Word, PowerPoint and Excel files with the word Ondo in them. If I type Ondo in the search bar it comes up with suggestions like" London Maps", "London Underground" and "Ondo - see Web results". If I then click on the 'documents' tab I get one document that I don't want and the option to search in File Explorer for ondo. When I do that it just comes up with that same one document; none of the hundreds of other files containing the word Ondo saved throughout my system ThisPC, Data drive, OneDrive, the Samsung hard drive etc. show up.
    I've followed instructions given on YouTube or Google but they all suggest Cortana which just does what I've described above.
    My apologies again for asking such a basic question, but I'm spending hours, if not days, looking for files that I know are on my PC!
    I've attached screenshots of my Ondo search.
     
    Kiredoryor, Nov 15, 2019
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  4. fussybob Win User

    Why cant I use the search facility?

    IE11 Google Toolbar no auto search suggestions, no search history?


    Since the last Win 10 update my Google Toolbar won't list any search suggestions as I type and there is no search history listed. The Google tool bar will allow a search, but after a few searches no search history shows and no "clear search" button is listed either.

    I have turnd on "Suggest searches as you type", and "store search histroy on my computer" in the Google Toolbar options.

    Any suggestions to fix this?
     
    fussybob, Nov 15, 2019
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