File Explorer search not working in Windows 10 1909

Ever since I updated to Windows 10 1909 the Search Box in the File Explorer is completely unuseable. It shows a text cursor but I cannot click inside the box or type any text into it. Essentially it's a text box with no "wiring". 

Any ideas how to resolve this issue? I'm having to resort to using a third-party search app just to find files in my projects.

Kind regards

Byron

 

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You should be able to restart explorer through task manager instead of ending the process (Still kills it like end task but starts it back up afterwards).

Also, if you do instead close explorer, you can open task manager again (ctrl + shift + esc), click File > Run new task and then type explorer in the run box that pops up.

Both of these methods will bring back explorer (including the taskbar) without you having to restart the whole machine.

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Thanks, I've figured it out now ;) 

However, I confirm that the problem persists even with the latest 1909 December cumulative update.

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Hi

In fact I found the problem , If I use CTRL F  for going to search box and CTRL V (paste), explorer does not work properly...

but If I put the curser and wrote what I want to search > no problem

this is slow my work....

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As suggested earlier,  when Windows 10 search in explorer 1909 does not work (i.e. nothing can be typed into the search box), restart  Windows Explorer in the task manager. 

Windows 10 updates - usually I wait a week or so before updating so that bugs can be fixed.  Obviously this did't work in whichever update that trashed Wiindows Explorer. 

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A suspicion arises: how many of those who are having this bug are using Google Backup and Sync?

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A suspicion arises: how many of those who are having this bug are using Google Backup and Sync?
Not me, I don’t touch Google except as a last-resort search and for some translations. I’ve nothing of theirs on any of my PCs.
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A suspicion arises: how many of those who are having this bug are using Google Backup and Sync?
Search issue is NOT related. Google tools have nothing to do with it. Bug has been caused by Win10 updates.

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Ok, wrong assumption.
However Backup & Sync somehow interacts with File Explorer, since it detects changes to files and folders for synchronization, so I thought that the new Windows update had created some compatibility problems ...but clearly I was wrong.

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This was posted on the sysadmin subreddit yesterday and it worked for a workmate that was having the issue after upgrading to 1909.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4520146/fix-problems-in-windows-search

They specifically ran the PowerShell script in the Reset Windows Search section.

Hopefully it works for you all as well.

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Just visited the Feedback Hub > My issues, found the following (see attached image below):

We've just done a fix with the build 19013.

But current version is 18363.535, so I cannot understand when will that build (19013) become publicly available...

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