[Solved] Can’t Type in Windows 10 Search bar – Best Fix and 5 Solutions

If the keyboard is not working in the search bar of Windows 10, sometimes it’s not hardware-related.

This problem may arise even after a fresh install. Windows 10 search bar is a useful feature for finding system settings, apps, documents, and searching the web quickly.

In the latest version of the 21H1 update also, it appears after an upgrade or new installation.

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Press the Win key. If the start menu opens but cannot type in the search bar, this app has an issue.

The reason could be that some service related to search is not working, or you need to apply some Powershell commands. Even in 2021, it is simple to fix this error by applying a few tweaks.

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When you open the Task Manager and see a green leaf beside the Search process, it indicates that it is in suspended mode. This UWP process is in that state to improve system performance.

search process is suspended in windows 10

I was also mystified because of this error. I initially thought that this might be the cause of the issue. Later after fixing it, I found that this process was still in suspended mode.

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So I feel that it doesn’t have anything to do with this problem.

In this solution guide, we will see different ways to solve the can’t type in the Windows 10 search bar problem.

[Works] Best Solution – Start the Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service

Time needed: 5 minutes.

In another blog post, most of the Windows 10 users commented that this solution worked for them. In case this service is not running, then you can make it AutoStart. Create a batch file if required and start on every restart of Windows 10.

  1. Press the Win + R Keys and type services.msc.

  2. The Services window will open. Click on the Standard tab.

  3. Check the Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service.

  4. If it’s stopped, right-click and Start.

    You can also stop and restart if required. Create a batch file with the following commands.

    net stop TabletInputService
    net start TabletInputService

  5. Double-click and set the Startup type to Automatic.

The best solution that works for unable to type in windows 10 search bar. Once you start the service using batch file or task scheduler, it should fix your problem. YouTube review.

Solution #1 – Run the Search and Indexing Troubleshooter

  1. Open the Settings app from Start Menu.
  2. Click on Update & Security > Troubleshoot > Additional Troubleshooters.
  3. Scroll through to find Search and Indexing.
  4. Click on it and Run the troubleshooter.
  5. In the next window, the following options are available related to your errors.
    1. Can’t start a search or see results
    2. Files, Folders, apps, or settings don’t appear in the results
    3. Outlook search doesn’t return results
    4. Search or indexing is slow
    5. My problem isn’t listed above. (Please describe the next page)
  6. Select the first option and click on Next.
  7. The troubleshooting tool will process and will give a solution.
  8. You can see a green mark saying that the problem is fixed.
  9. If you are still unable to type in the search bar, try the above troubleshoot tool again.
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This method proved to be a success for me.

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If you are using a previous version of Windows 10 like 20H2 or 2004 or 1909 or that belongs to the 2020 year, you can try the methods below.

Solution #2 – Run the CTFMON process

  1. Go to the following path in File Explorer – C:\Windows\system32\
  2. Open the file – ctfmon.exe
  3. Type something in the Windows 10 search box.

If this fixes the problem, then that means CTFMON is not running on your computer. It is a temporary solution.

Every time you reboot your computer, you need to open this file again.

It is frustrating to do this task again and again. For a permanent solution, follow the next method.

Solution #3 – Enable the MsCtfMonitor Task

  1. Press Win + R keys together to open the run dialog.
  2. Type taskschd.msc. The Task Scheduler window will open.
  3. Navigate to the following path on the left – Microsoft > Windows > TextServicesFramework
  4. On the right side, you should see a task – MsCtfMonitor
  5. Right-click and enable it.

Note: If that task doesn’t exist create it as below.

It will permanently solve the CTFMON problem causing the error of unable to type in the windows 10 search bar.

Solution #4 – Applying Powershell commands

Though this didn’t work for me, it may help old version users of Windows 10.

  1. Right-click the Start button and click on Windows Powershell (Admin).
  2. Copy and paste the following key in the command prompt.
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$manifest = (Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsStore).InstallLocation + '\AppxManifest.xml' ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest

3. Check the Windows 10 search box. If you can type, then this fix worked for you.

Otherwise, try these commands.

PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers |Where-Object {$_.InstallLocation -like "*SystemApps*"} | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

Check if you can type in the search box. If so, then the problem is resolved.

Solution #5 – Restart Windows Explorer process

  1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del keys together and open the Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details.
  3. Click on the Process tab.
  4. Under Apps, you can see the Windows Explorer process.
  5. Right-click it and Restart.

It will restart the File Explorer and could fix the problem.

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