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It was definitely there. A little box with “Type here to search” in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. But now it’s gone AWOL. Why is your Windows 10 search bar missing in action?
How to restore the Windows 10 search bar
This is one of those infuriating problems that is stupidly easy to fix, if only you knew how. Which you’re about to, of course.
- Right-click on a blank space in the Windows 10 taskbar – the bar that (normally) runs along the foot of the screen
- Select Cortana and then in the drop-down menu that appears, select Show Search Box, as shown below
All being well, your search menu should be back in its rightful place.
How to search Windows 10 without a search bar
Now that you’ve seen it, do you actually prefer the taskbar without the search menu? After all, it gives more screen space for your pinned program icons, which is never a bad thing.
If you decide you do prefer the minimalist look but still find you need to use Windows search from time to time, you can quickly access search by pressing the Windows Key + S simultaneously.
(PS. If you like the lighthouse theme you see in my screenshots, see my pick of the best Windows 10 themes here.)
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