Windows 10: Can't Type In Search Bar and Windows 10 Built-in Apps. Solved

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       5 Days Ago #1

    Can't Type In Search Bar and Windows 10 Built-in Apps.


    Hello,
    I've been having this issue for quite a while, even before the last major update.
    Seems like I can't find a way to correct it.
    If I bring up the search bar, by right-clicking on the Windows Logo Icon within the taskbar.
    Then select search.
    I'm unable to type anything into the search box.

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    However, I can type into notepad, copy that text and past it into the search bar.
    This also works for other Windows 10 built-in apps, for which typing text is required.
    The keyboard I'm using is the Logitech G413, which is only a few months old.
    I've also moved the USB cables to a different port, without any effect.
    I've also tried a secondary keyboard, the Cooler Master NovaTouch TKL and this keyboard also shows the same behavior. No matter which USB port it's connected to.
    I've also tried using the on-screen keyboard, and this also will not type into the search bar, or Windows 10 built-in apps.
    Any suggestions?
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       5 Days Ago #3

    @dalchina

    Thanks for your reply.

    I went into Services and noticed that the Touch Keyboard and Handwriting panel service,
    or ctfmon.exe had been disabled.

    I don't play with the services very often and don't remember disabling this service myself.
    However, upon setting this service to Manual (Trigger Start).

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    I'm now able to type normally into the search box and into other win 10 apps, when required.
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  4.    5 Days Ago #4

    May I just say that's the best visual aid posted to a board I've ever seen?
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       5 Days Ago #5

    The Pool Man said: View Post
    May I just say that's the best visual aid posted to a board I've ever seen?
    @The Pool Man

    Thanks.
    I help run a website dedicated to the open source raster graphics program GIMP.
    Often times, I may need to create tutorials, with many images.
    To explain a given task.
    This has been a style of images, that I've developed over time, due to necessity.
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  6.    4 Days Ago #6

    Glad it helped.
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       4 Days Ago #7

    dalchina said: View Post
    Glad it helped.
    @dalchina

    Yes, thank you.
    Your video link prompted me to check the corresponding service,
    which solved this annoying behavior.
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