Search in Windows Explorer Not Working


I am running into a problem searching for files in Windows.  I had this problem a few months ago too that ITS fixed.  However it has returned.

My Search file function is not working on my computer. I am unable to search for files because it won’t let me access the box to type the search box.


  • Windows 10
  • File Explorer


There are multiple reasons that can cause this issue.


  1. Press +X
  2. Select Task Manager
  3. Under Processes Tab select Windows Explorer
  4. Right Click Windows Explorer
  5. Select Restart
  6. Try searching again

Please contact the Service Desk if you need further assistance



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