Windows 10: Can't type in Search field

After I had done some changes in Windows 10 to make it faster and less "chatty" to Microsoft (switch off Telemetry, switch off error reporting etc.) I could not use search any more. Symptoms were:

  • Can't type into Cortana search field
  • Can't type to search in Start Menu
  • Can't type to search in Win 10 App Store
  • Can't type in taskbar search
  • Can't type in Settings search

There are lots people with the same or similar issues as can be seen from a simple Internet search "win 10 taskbar search not working".

Unfortunately, from all the suggestions, nothing worked for me:

  • Re-install Cortana (keyboard search should also work without Cortana, so that did not help)
  • Kill the Cortana/Search process
  • Rebuild the search index
  • Re-install all default apps
  • Restart the "Windows Search" service
  • Run the "Search and Indexing" Troubleshooter
  • Run system file checker (SFC) to search for currupted files
  • Re-install the keyboard driver

After some hours of poking around, I found that I could right-click in the search field and paste the contents of the clipboard! And I saw the correct search results. So the index must have been fine. It looked like a keyboard issue, not a search issue.

But the keyboard worked in any application (e.g. Notepad, Excel etc.) just not in the searches. I started to suspect that it could be a Windows 10 apps issue. As I never use apps, I first had to load one (I chose "Calculator"), and - Bingo! - I could not enter any numbers via the keyboard. I could only click on the numbers, but could not type them.

I found that the keyboard did not work for any Windows 10 apps, just for the traditional desktop apps. Finally I found through some Internet searches how to solve this problem:

  1. Open Task Scheduler
  2. Go to Microsoft > Windows > TextServicesFramework
  3. On MsCtfMonitor, do a right-click and enable the task
  4. Restart your machine

That's it. All the search boxes worked again!

iOS: How to turn off Voice Control when you press the Home button

A number of iPhone owners found that "Voice Control" kicks in when they try to unlock their phone. The reason for this is they are holding down the home button for too long. This is, for want of a better phrase, a pain in the face. There is a way to stop it from happening, but it's not straight forward.

First things first, this is a bit tricky because Voice Control cannot technically be disabled.

To get around this you must enable Siri, which overrides Voice Control. Here's a step-by-step guide.

  • OpenĀ "Settings"
  • Tap on Siri
  • Swipe to switch Siri on
  • Return to the Settings menu and select "Passcode"
  • Tap "Turn Passcode on" and create a passcode, if you don't have one already.
  • Tap the "Voice Dial" option to turn off voice dialling
  • Tap the "Siri" option to turn off Siri from the lock screen
  • Lock your phone and see if it worked!