The search bar is an important feature in all versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems. Users can find anything on their computer quickly by making use of this feature. However, it may stop working sometimes. Some users are experiencing this issue and asking for help online, hoping to get useful solutions to fixing the problem themselves.

Windows 11 Search Not Working

The Windows search has always been one of the most useful and frequently used features in a system. It allows users to explore both the system and the web for the file, apps, and information they need. In this way, users can access what they want quickly. However, users of different Windows operating systems run into the same problem: the Windows search isn’t working. This post will mainly discuss Windows 11 search not working.

You may be troubled by the following search issues:

  • The search button or box is not showing.
  • The search button is not responding.
  • You can’t type into the search bar.
  • The files or applications you’re searching for are not showing up.

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What to Check before Fixing Windows 11 Search Bar Not Working

One: what’s the first thing to do when you can’t search in Windows 11? Of course, you need to check whether the search button/feature is enabled.

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The most possible reason why you can’t see search button in the taskbar is that the search button is disabled somehow. Therefore, you should go to check and re-enable it if needed.

  1. Open settings by pressing Windows + I.
  2. Select Personalization in the left pane.
  3. Click Taskbar in the right pane.
  4. Look at the Search option under Taskbar items.
  5. Please toggle the switch to On if it's not enabled.

Two: the next thing you should check is the free space available in your system drive (usually C:).

  1. Open File Explorer in Windows 11.
  2. Select This PC and locate the C: drive.
  3. Look at the available free space. If it’s less than 30 GB, the search issue will be causing.

In this case, you should extend the C drive with MiniTool Partition Wizard or another tool.

Three: another thing to check is the internet. Please make sure the internet connection is functioning so that Windows Search can display results for you.

How to Fix Search Bar Not Working in Windows 11

#1. Restart Windows 11 PC

Restarting your computer is a useful and easy solution to fix many software-related computer issues. You should try to fix the Windows 11 search not working issue by restarting your PC: click on the Start icon in taskbar -> click on the Power icon -> select Restart.

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#2. Restart Windows Search Service

  1. Press Windows + R to open Run.
  2. Type msc into the textbox.
  3. Click OK or press Enter to open the Services window.
  4. Look for Windows Search and right click on it.
  5. Select Restart from the context menu.

Windows Search service

Besides, you’d better configure the service to run automatically.

  1. Right click on Windows Search.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. Locate the Startup type section.
  4. Select Automatic from the drop-down menu.
  5. Click Apply and OK.

#3. Run Search Troubleshooter

  1. Press Windows + I to open Settings.
  2. Select System in the left pane.
  3. Click Troubleshoot in the right pane.
  4. Choose Other troubleshooters.
  5. Locate Search and Indexing and click Run.
  6. Check Can’t start a search or see results and click Next.
  7. Wait and follow the instructions to continue.

Search and Indexing

#4. Rebuild Search Index

  1. Open Start menu.
  2. Type indexing options and press Enter.
  3. Click on the Advanced button in the Indexing Options window.
  4. Locate the Troubleshooting section.
  5. Click on the Rebuild button.
  6. Click OK to confirm.

What else ways to try for fixing Windows 11 search bar not working?

  • Restart SearchHost.exe.
  • Restart SearchIndexer.exe.
  • Change search settings.
  • Reset Cortana settings.
  • Perform an SFC or DISM scan.
  • Update the Windows 11 system.
  • Reset the Windows 11 PC.
  • Remove Bing from the default search.

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