The next Patch Tuesday update for Windows 10 looks set to finally fix Microsoft’s bug-prone File Explorer search experience.
Back in 2019, Microsoft shipped Windows 10 November 2019 Update (version 1909) with quality fixes and other improvements, including a smoother and faster search experience in File Explorer.
Windows 10’s November Update added dedicated files preview UI to File Explorer’s search box to display web-powered suggestions and an attractive preview of files stored in local storage and OneDrive.
Those search results show up in a dropdown menu as you type and your search results are saved. However, Microsoft broke the search bar for some users, and also disabled right-click feature, preventing users from quickly deleting the search history.
Some users also complained about File Explorer search box reliability issues, including a problem where the search bar becomes unresponsive after doing multiple searches.
With Windows 10 KB4559004 for version 1909/1903, Microsoft has finally resolved common reliability issues with File Explorer search box.
In addition, there’s a new close button to remove the search item and Microsoft has also restored complete support for right-click – a common complaint among users.
Microsoft is planning to bring these improvements to Windows 10 version 2004 (May 2020 Update) with next optional update or August Patch Tuesday release.
The next cumulative update for Windows 10 is also expected to come with these File Explorer fixes:
- Fix for an issue that causes File Explorer to stop working when users browse directories of raw images and similar file types.
- Fix for an issue that causes UWP apps to close when File Explorer (explorer.exe) restarts unexpectedly.
- Fix for an issue where File Explorer’s preview of .msg files doesn’t work when Outlook desktop app is installed.
A new optional update for Windows 10 version 2004 is expected to begin rolling out later this week. As usual, improvements or fixes included in the optional update will be shipped to everyone with the next Patch Tuesday release, which is scheduled to arrive on August 11.