Windows 10 Settings Search not working

The Settings app in Windows 10 offers you a search bar that let you quickly search for any setting. But some users have reported that the Windows 10 Settings Search Bar is not working, with the settings themselves not getting indexed. Even if your search using the taskbar search bar, you will not see any Settings listed. It may be not finding Control Panel or Settings app items or simply show no results. If you are facing any issues, try this solution.

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Windows 10 Settings Search not working

First of all open your Computer folder, right-click on your system Drive which is C, and select Properties. Ensure that the Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed in addition to file properties box is checked. If not, select it and then select Apply changes to subfolders and files.

c search index

Now, open the following folder location:


Here, right-click on the Indexed folder, and select Properties.

Next, click on the Advanced button and check the Allow files in this folder to have indexed in addition to file properties setting.

If it is already checked, uncheck it and click OK. Then again check it and click OK > Apply and exit.

Windows 10 Settings Search not working

Restart your computer and see if it has helped.

If this does not help, you may want to run System File Checker, repair System Image or rebuild Search Index and see if that helps you.

See this post if Cortana and Taskbar Search is not working.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Samuel Torrero

    it doesn’t help for me. Any settings search in cortana shows in spanish and when I click them nothing happens. Also while searching in settings app there no result.


    1. Navigate to the folder C:WindowsSystem32

    2. Locate ctfmon (Application)

    3. Right-click > Send to > Desktop (Create shortcut)

    4. Open run > type


    5. Drag & drop the ctfmon shortcut placed in the Desktop to the Startup folder.

    6. Restart Windows & observe if the issue re-appears.

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