Fix: Can’t Click To Type In Windows 10/11 Search Bar

Fix Can't Click To Type In Windows 10/11 Search Bar

Is the search bar on your Windows 10 or 11 not working, you can’t click to type in it and you are wondering how to fix it.

A PC can have two search bars, Cortana’s search bar and File Explorer’s.

The former usually found on the left of the taskbar is a convenient tool that helps you find your way around the entire PC.

While the File Explorer’s search bar focuses on finding things saved in that area.

When these search bars are in good condition, you can use them to find just about anything on a PC or your preinstalled web browser if what you are searching for was not found on the computer.

Cortana’s search bar also has a voice search option like Google that you can activate by selecting the little microphone icon by the side.

In this guide, you will learn how you can fix Windows 10 or 11 search bar not working, and why the error happens.

Why Is the Search Bar Not Working In Windows 10/11?

It is not uncommon for search bars to malfunction on a PC occasionally.

They are part of the software makeup of a computer, and just like other functions, it is bound to happen whether you use them often or not.

From the reports we received from our readers, many claimed they started having issues with their search bars after updating their windows.

Others reported it just started happening out of the blue, you didn’t update anything.

How To Fix Cannot Click To Type In Windows 10/11 Search Bar

To fix not being able to click to type in Windows 10/11 search bar or it’s not working entirely you need to restart your computer and your Windows Explorer.

You need to also disable BingSearchEnabled, see how below.

Other troubleshooting guides include updating your Windows to the latest version and running the ‘CTF Loader’.

Fix 1: Restart the computer

  1. Click on the ‘Start Menu’ & select the power icon.
  2. Choose ‘Restart’ from the options.
  3. Wait for your computer to auto-turn off and on again.
  4. After that, check if you can use the search bar again.

Fix 2: Restart Windows Explorer

  1. Right-click on the ‘Start Menu and select “Task Manager”
  2. Click on “More details” to display more options.
  3. Select “Windows Explorer”, click on “Restart”, and Windows Explorer will auto-reboot itself. You should notice this when your taskbar and desktop change for a few seconds.
  4. Exit “Task Manager” after that and check if the ‘search bar issue’ persists.

Fix 3: Disable BingSearchEnabled

  1. Press the Windows key + R at once on your keyboard.
  2. Type “regedit” in the search bar and click on “OK”.
  3. Click on “HKEY_CURRENT_USER” and then on “Software”
  4. Select “Microsoft”, click on “Windows” and on “CurrentVersion”
  5. Next, right-click on the “Search” folder, select “New” and then “DWORD (32-bit) Value”.
  6. Name the value “Name the value “BingSearchEnabled”, double-click on it and set the Value Data to “0”, and save all changes.

Fix 4: Run ‘CTF Loader’ (ctfmon.exe)

  1. Click on the Windows + R keys at once.
  2. Type “C:\Windows\system32\ctfmon.exe” and then click on “OK”.
  3. Wait for a few seconds; try using the search bar again.

Fix 5: Update your Windows 10 or 11 installation

  1. Go to “Settings” and select “Update & Security”.
  2. Select “Windows Update”
  3. Install any available Windows updates.


And that is how to fix Windows 10/11 search bar not working.

Some of the fixes in this guide require you to pay attention and follow them exactly to avoid creating more problems for your computer.

And also all or one of the fixes may need to be tried out to get results.

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