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Sometimes the Windows 10 taskbar doesn’t work or crashes. The reasons can be different, such as Cortana, Windows Explorer or even system indexing.

Although the problem occurs for a reason — a stuck slash — each situation requires a specific procedure to correct the error. Therefore, it is necessary to find the cause of the problem and then solve it in the best way. Check out the guide below and understand the main procedures that can solve these disorders.

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Most Windows problems can be solved in a simple and practical way: by restarting the system. But if not, choose another alternative.

Restart Cortana and Windows Explorer

If restarting your computer doesn’t work, try restarting Cortana and Windows Explorer only.

Step 1. Right-click the taskbar. In the menu that appears, select the “Task Manager” option. You can also open the “Task Manager” using the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + Shift + Esc.”;

Opening the task manager — Photo: Reproduction/Edivaldo Brito

Step 2. If Cortana or Explorer does not appear on the Windows Task Manager screen, click “More details”;

Accessing the More Details option in Task Manager — Photo: Reproduction/Edivaldo Brito

Step 3. Find and click the Cortana process in the list, then click the “Restart” button;

Closing Cortana — Photo: Reproduction/Edivaldo Brito

Step 4. Look for Windows Explorer and click on it. Then click on the “Restart” button.

Closing Windows Explorer — Photo: Reproduction/Edivaldo Brito

Windows Troubleshooting to restore indexing services

If you still cannot solve the problem, use Windows’ own troubleshooting feature.

Step 1. Right-click the taskbar. In the menu that appears, select the “Control Panel” option. On the control panel screen, click the arrow next to “View by:” and select the “small icons” option. Then tap the “Troubleshooting” item;

Access to Windows troubleshooting feature — Photo: Reproduction/Edivaldo Brito

Step 2. Within “Troubleshooting”, click on “System and Security”;

Access to the System and Security option — Photo: Reproduction/Edivaldo Brito

Step 3. In the “System and Security” section, right-click the “Search and Indexing” option. When the context menu appears, click on “Run as administrator”;

Access to the “Exploration and Indexing” option — Photo: Reproduction/Edivaldo Brito

Step 4. The system will display a troubleshooting wizard window. In it, click the “Next” button and wait;

Running the Troubleshooting Wizard — Photo: Reproduction/Edivaldo Brito

Step 5. When the wizard asks what problems were found, check the option “Files are not shown in search results.”. Then click on the “Next” button.

Configuring the troubleshooting wizard to continue — Photo: Reproduction/Edivaldo Brito

Set startup options and restart Windows Search

If after the above four tips you still can’t solve the problem, change the Windows search configuration and restarting the service may solve your problem.

Step 1. Press the “Win + R” keys and type services.msc in the “Run” dialog box. Then press Enter and Windows Service Manager will open;

Opening Windows Services Manager — Photo: Reproduction/Edivaldo Brito

Step 2. In the application window, find the item “Windows Search” and click with the right mouse button. In the menu that appears, click on the “Properties” option;

Accessing Windows Search Service Properties — Photo: Reproduction/Edivaldo Brito

Step 3. Inside the “properties” window, click the arrow next to “Startup type” and select “Automatic (delayed startup)” or “Automatic” (depending on your preference). Confirm and close the window by clicking the “OK” button;

Defining the start of the Windows Search service — Photo: Reproduction/Edivaldo Brito

Step 4. To restart the service, right-click Windows Search. Click “Restart” in the context menu.

Restarting Windows Search Service — Photo: Reproduction/Edivaldo Brito

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