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    #2174123

    Anyone know of a real solution to not being ….
    ….able to type in search dialog box or Website URL Address bar after re-booting PC?  This happened to me a few months back.  Found a work-a-round which I have to run every time I reboot and it’s pretty frustrating.  I have to run “C:\Windows\system32\ctfmon.exe” which then appears to resolve this issue until I reboot.   I know I can just add a batch file to run this every boot but I prefer not to do this (so just run it at the Run task bar every time).   Anyway, just sharing my fustration and hope there’s a real fix out there.   If it requires removing a windows update, it it’s not needed, I’m willing to do that too.  
    Just have no clue as to what update pushed caused this idiocy.    🙂

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    • #2174139

      What search dialog?
      What URL Address bar?
      More details please.

      cheers, Paul

    • #2174700

      Using Edge, Paul.  I now have Chromium Edge and it too won’t let you type in the address bar until after I run the CTFMON command.    The search bar I’m referring to is when you open up action center and type a term to search for; won’t type until, again, you run CTFMON.    🙂

    • #2174740

      If you run another browser does it work?

      cheers, Paul

    • #2175450

      Only have Chromium Edge and IE running as far as my Host OS is concerned Paul.   Neither of those browsers will allow you to type anything in address bar until you run CTFMON command (after reboot of course).  Regardless, I’m just going to continue to do this.  Again, based on my online search, I’m not the only person with this problem; just wish I knew what pushed update caused this weird (and annoying) behavior.  🙂

    • #2175549

      According to a post on answers.microsoft.com which helped some users with your problem, one workaround is to change the “Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service” to run as Automatic.

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    • #2175602

      The search bar I’m referring to is when you open up action center and type a term to search for; won’t type until, again, you run CTFMON.

      Action Center is where you see notifications at bottom right, and has no search function:

      How to open action center

      Find action center in Windows 10

      Windows 10 Pro version 21H2 build 19044.1682 + Microsoft 365 (group ASAP)

    • #2208419

      According to a post on answers.microsoft.com which helped some users with your problem, one workaround is to change the “Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service” to run as Automatic.

      Sorry for the belated reply, Steve.  Yes; this appears to have fixed my issue.  Upon reboot, I now don’t have to run CTFMon to get my keyboard back.  Weird how this happened in the first place.  I guess I should have dug deeper before posting my query here.  I looked; just didn’t see the solution.  Thanks a heap.   🙂

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