Windows 10: Edge shows up in windows search but not Firefox Solved

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  1.    4 Weeks Ago #1

    Edge shows up in windows search but not Firefox


    Hello and thanks for taking a look at my issue.

    When i press just the 'E' key in start menu search the Edge browser pops up and i can launch it with a mouse click or just pressing enter. I am unable to do this for Firefox and would like to fix this.

    on a side note, i am able to make CCleaner appear n a start menu search but only when i fully type out "ccleaner". Strangely, if i completely type out "firefox" it still doesnt come up.
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       4 Weeks Ago #2

    tonightwetaco said: View Post
    When i press just the 'E' key in start menu search the Edge browser pops up and i can launch it with a mouse click or just pressing enter.
    A lot depends on how frequently you launch an app by clicking on the search results. It learns from your behaviour and puts your frequent choices at the top of the list. I have to type 'ED' before Edge comes up, but just 'S' for snipping tool. Firefox is 'FI'.

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    I am unable to do this for Firefox and would like to fix this.
    First, look at the All Apps list in Start and make sure Firefox is there. Then try rebuilding your index. Search doesn't actually 'search' as you type, it consults a pre-built index. One of the places indexing looks is the All Apps list (as long as the Start menu is included in indexing, that is).

    Rebuild Search Index in Windows 10

    on a side note, i am able to make CCleaner appear n a start menu search but only when i fully type out "ccleaner". Strangely, if i completely type out "firefox" it still doesnt come up.
    It's 'CC' for me, try launching it a few more times from the search results.



    Edit: since researching you problem, Firefox now comes up with just 'F'.
    Last edited by Bree; 4 Weeks Ago at 01:07.
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  3.    4 Weeks Ago #3

    Your results also become a lot better focussed if you select Apps (top left).
    Unfortunately you cannot choose a default priority in Cortana search (whereas you can in Classic Shell's search - a (discontinued) but still excellent Start Menu replacement). (Bree is probably chuckling at that).

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  4.    4 Weeks Ago #4

    thanks for helping!

    yes Firefox shows up in my list of apps.

    I rebuilt my index as well.

    I cant really train Windows to launch FF from search if I cant search it. I can launch it just by looking down the list and have done so several times, it still hasnt learned anything.
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  5.    4 Weeks Ago #5

    noting comes up even if i select Apps view when searching
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       4 Weeks Ago #6

    As a last resort, you could try reinstalling Firefox, but I'd explore all other avenues first.
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  7.    4 Weeks Ago #7

    maybe its something in my privacy settings? I kinda locked it down and disabled Cortana. Maybe something cant check something?
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       4 Weeks Ago #8

    There's a 'Search and Indexing' troubleshooter, try that.
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  •    4 Weeks Ago #9

    it could not identify the problem
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  •    4 Weeks Ago #10

    You can check if Windows search is working relatively easily (Cortana search depends on that database).
    Open Indexing Options, note an indexed location and add one item to it. The number of items indexed should increment soon afterwards (unless there's significant CPU use).
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    Also note Start Menu and Users should be listed.
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