Microsoft has successfully replaced the Internet Explorer with the Edge Browser which debuted with the Windows 10. The browser has been subjected to a timely makeover and feature update.

However, a recent update the Edge Browser seems to be exhibiting some peculiar problems. One common problem to the users was about the search and website suggestions not being displayed in the Edge’s address bar.

This is pretty annoying considering that you have already bookmarked the website and have to type it all over again.

If you are suffering from a similar problem on the Windows 10, then let us have a look at the possible solution of the problem so you can again start using the Edge Browser without any glitches.

Windows update usually updates different files to their newer versions which are most secure, and at times these files interrupt with the working of the browser. Let us try to troubleshoot the same with a host of different methods which are as follow.

How to fix search and website suggestions not working

  1. Run the Windows Apps Troubleshooter
  2. Run SFC Scan
  3. Try UR Browser
  4. Run DISM Tool
  5. Clean Boot

1. Run the Windows Apps Troubleshooter

Microsoft has released a new Windows apps troubleshooter which helps you to find and resolve errors within the apps which come preloaded with Windows.

Go to Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot > scroll all the way down and run the Windows Store App Troubleshooter which is designed to automatically check for issues and rectify the same.

windows app troubleshooter

2. Run SFC Scan

SFC scan is System File Checker, which performs the same task which the name suggests, i.e., of checking the system files and repairing them if in a mysterious event they are corrupted.

The System File Checker scans the files and runs a repair if there are any corrupted or manipulated files are found. Usually, the scanner misses some of the files. Hence you must run the scanner a couple of times to make sure that all the files are intact. Steps to run the System File Scanner are as follow:

  1. Open Command Prompt as Administrator either from Start Menu or the Run dialogue box.
  2. Type SFC /scannowsfc scannow
  3. Hit Enter
  4. The commands will initiate the scanner, and the scanner will start working right away without any prompt or confirmation from your side. The Scanner is automatic hence you are not going to get any status updates also.

ALSO READ: 10 Best Registry Cleaners for Windows 10

3. Try UR Browser

Issues with subpar Microsoft Edge might be resolved by the introduction of Edge Chromium. However, considering how long it took Microsoft to deal with the simplest of UI and performance optimization, we’re not really keen to believe it’ll be worth.

Instead of Edge, why don’t you try a browser which is already great and tends to be even better, UR Browser?

privacy settings ur browser

UR Browser brings all you need from the get-go. Even though you can install all Chrome extensions, it comes with so many built-in features so there’s really no particular need to do so.

Search engines-wise, it brings 12 search engines you can use. Most of them non-intrusive so you’ll avoid tracking and ad-targeting.

Moreover, it comes with a built-in VPN and ad-blocker, 3 modes of Privacy you can assign to individual websites, and it’s wrapped up in an intuitive UI design.

Learn more about UR Browser by installing it today. You can always remove it if it doesn’t suit your needs or preferences.

Editor's recommendation
ur browser
  • Fast page loading
  • VPN-level privacy
  • Enhanced security
  • Built-in virus scanner

4. Run DISM Tool

DISM is expanded as Deployment Image Servicing Management tool. The tool is used to correct all the internal Windows files of the system which might have been corrupted in an unfortunate event. To run the DISM tool follow the steps given below:

  1. Open Command Prompt as Administrator either from Start Menu or the Run dialogue box.
  2. Type the following commands:
    DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /scan health
    DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /restore healthDISM in CMD
  3. DISM might take time to finish the scan from a few minutes to a couple of hr depending on the hardware.

5. Clean Boot

Clean Boot is somewhat similar to the Safe Mode which just loads a definite number of drivers and programs which are essential to make the windows to work without any problem.

This is expected to solve all types of software conflict if by any chance you would be suffering from one. Learn how to perform a Clean Boot here.

These are few steps which you must perform to get rid of the search bar and website issue you were facing with the Edge browser. These types of problems might are most likely to occur due to updates or clashes with other software installation.

That apart, the Microsoft Edge browser has improved by miles since it first came out and then I personally love the slick user interface offered by the browser.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2017 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.