11 Solutions for Microsoft OneDrive Search Not Working on Windows 11 – Ranjan.info


The purpose of Microsoft OneDrive search is to help you find files and folders located within the storage drive. When OneDrive searches are not working or generating an error, it is time consuming to find them manually, whether on a Windows PC or an Android mobile. You might have tried rebooting your mobile or computer, but this may not always help. Here are some troubleshooting steps and solutions to help get OneDrive Search working faster on Windows 11.

If OneDrive Search Not Working on Windows

OneDrive integrates deeply with the Windows File Explorer app to help you search from anywhere. But there are some reasons why OneDrive search is not working, like indexation issues, lack of required permissions, cache, sync issues, and more.

Here are some things you need to check before proceeding with troubleshooting:

  • You cannot search in personal vault folders. This is a security feature because anyone with access to your computer can discover files that deny the purpose.
  • Create a new folder and move all the files to that folder. It's possible that the folder is corrupted and the files in that folder no longer show up in OneDrive search.

1. Enable Cloud Content Search

By default, Microsoft will only show the name of the folder or file in File Explorer but will not download and save it to your Windows computer. This is done to save storage space. Files are downloaded on-demand to your OneDrive account when you open and edit them. However, this sometimes causes OneDrive search problems.

Since the file is not downloaded and saved, it is not indexed by Windows. Therefore, it does not appear in OneDrive search. There is a setting that you can enable to resolve this issue to enable the cloud content discovery feature.

1. Press Windows key + I To open the Settings app. click on Privacy & Security In the left sidebar.

2. click on find permissions In the right pane.

3. Under the Cloud Content Discovery section, you need to enable Microsoft account And work or school account If you are using it to store files in OneDrive.

You can also disable the File On-Demand feature so that files are downloaded and stored on the PC drive, which helps Windows index those files. However, it takes up some storage space. Here's how to do so:

1. click on onedrive icon In the taskbar at the lower-right corner. Then, click on jagged symbol choose more Adjustment From the context menu.

2. choose Sync and Backup From the left sidebar. Then, click on download all files button to enable it.

Comment: Depending on your Internet speed and the number of files stored in the cloud, it may take some time for all files to be downloaded locally. Then, Windows will start the indexing process which will take some time.

2. Select the folder to sync

OneDrive requires the necessary permissions before syncing folders. Let's quickly go over the folder list.

As in the previous section, go to OneDrive settings on your Windows computer. under Sync and Backupclick on Manage Backup Back up important PC folders to OneDrive.

Enable sync for the folders you want to sync to the OneDrive cloud so that they are available for search and accessible everywhere.

3. Sync stops when laptop is in battery saver mode or on a metered connection

If your laptop is in battery saver mode or on a metered connection (e.g. mobile data), OneDrive won't sync files. Either connect to a Wi-Fi network or charge your laptop. If it's important and you can't wait, you can also change these settings.

Go back to OneDrive settings, and under Sync and BackupYou can enable or disable both options.

Also read: Do you also have an Android smartphone? Transferring files from your phone to your Windows PC is now very easy using this simple trick.

4. Allow Windows to index OneDrive files

Simply put, Windows scans your computer and creates a list of all the files including information like file name, file location, tags, etc. So when you do a search, it knows where to look. However, Windows will index files in a folder only if it has the necessary permissions to access and index them. Let's check quickly.

1. Go to the OneDrive folder and right-click on it to select Property,

2. In the pop-up that follows, click advanced button in General Tab.

3. In another pop-up, make sure Allow files in this folder to be indexed in addition to file properties The option is checked.

5. Rebuild the index

1. click on windows button Search and find in the taskbar indexing options And then open it.

2. click on advanced button.

3. click on to rebuild Button and Windows will start reindexing files and folders in the background.

6. Clear OneDrive Cache

If you have already done this, proceed to the next step. Otherwise, we would recommend you to repeat the steps if you have files re-indexed.

right click on onedrive icon In the taskbar. You will get quit onedrive The option is hidden in the Pause Syncing drop-down menu.

When OneDrive closes, press Ctrl+R To open the run prompt. Copy-paste the command below and press enter To execute it.

%localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\onedrive.exe /reset

Give it a minute and relaunch OneDrive to check if search is working. You may have to sign in to OneDrive again.

7. Unlink and Relink OneDrive

Microsoft lets you add multiple OneDrive accounts. But you have to link them to the PC first. If you've already linked a OneDrive account, relinking may help Fix OneDrive Search and Sync Problems,

1. go back to onedrive settings From the taskbar.

2. In account tabclick on unlink this pc button.

2. After that close OneDrive. Press Windows key+R To open Run prompt and enter the path given below.


3. Delete the folder when it opens PreSignInSettingsConfig.json File from there.

4. Relaunch OneDrive and sign in using your Microsoft account details that you use on a Windows PC.

5. If you see a sign that says This folder already existschoose use this folder, Basically, you want to delete the same OneDrive folder where all the files are previously saved. Therefore, OneDrive will not have to download all the files again, but only the files missed during sync and indexing.

8. Reset OneDrive

If all else has failed and OneDrive search is still not working, try resetting OneDrive. This is the last resort. However, it is recommended that you back up the files Microsoft says That this will only reset the settings and keep the data intact.

1. Press control+r To open the run prompt.

2. Copy-paste the command below and press enter To execute it.


3. You will see the Command Prompt open briefly and then close. Check if OneDrive search works normally. If not, close the Microsoft Store app if it's open.

4. Press control+r To open the run prompt. Copy-paste the command given below and press enter To execute this:

%localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\onedrive.exe /reset

if you see Windows can not find error, use the command below and press enter To execute this:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft OneDrive\onedrive.exe /reset

Facing the same error again? Then, try this command instead and press enter To execute this:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft OneDrive\onedrive.exe /reset

5. Finally, relaunch the OneDrive app. You may have to sign back in.

If OneDrive Search Not Working on Browser

If you're using the OneDrive web app in a web browser while search is interrupted and are unable to return search queries, try the fixes below.

  • Just refresh the page once as it is possible that the OneDrive homepage did not load completely or loaded with some errors.
  • Disable your VPN once. You may have to sign in again as OneDrive will detect the change in IP address.
  • Try another browser to make sure it's not browser-specific. Common causes include cache, browser incompatibility, etc.
  • To make sure an extension isn't responsible for the broken OneDrive search, try Incognito mode in Chrome, Edge, or whatever browser you use as your daily driver. Do this especially if you're using Microsoft, OneDrive, or some search extensions.

9. Sign out and sign back in

Sometimes, signing out and signing back in to your account in a web browser can fix problems. This is quick to do, but we recommend it before clearing the OneDrive cache and other methods as they may cause trouble.

10. Clear browser cache

We've written an in-depth guide on how to clear browser cache, regardless of which browser you're using and which operating system you're on.

However, if you want to do a hard refresh for just one site instead of deleting the cache of all sites there is a keyboard shortcut.

  • On Google Chrome, Edge and Firefox – Control + F5
  • On opera – Shift + F5

You can also press and hold Control Press the key on your keyboard and use the mouse to click Refresh/Reload Button to the left of the address bar in the browser.

11. Check storage space

Lack of storage space may cause unexpected results such as you not finding files searchable using the OneDrive search bar. But it's easy to check how much storage space is left. Open OneDrive, and you'll find that information in the lower-left corner of the sidebar.

One life, one drive

OneDrive is the default cloud storage provider supported in Windows. Although OneDrive may seem convenient to you for storing and syncing files, it is not perfect. There are plenty of cloud storage service providers like Google Drive and Dropbox that offer some unique features. Have you considered moving away?

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