Restore Classic Search Box Behavior for File Explorer in Windows 10 version 1909 with Syntax Highlight, Deleting Items
With a recently released update KB4532695, Microsoft tried to resolve several issues that made their first appearance with the public release of Windows 10 version 1909 'November 2019 Update'. After installing the patch the search is finally usable, but its behavior is ridiculously different from the classic Search box of File Explorer in OS versions prior to 1909.
Besides the list of fixes introduced in KB4532695, the update is known for fixing the issue with the search box in File Explorer on Windows 10 version 1909, which can become unresponsive and unusable once it receives focus, or a mouse click event.
However, even after installing the patch, the search box in File Explorer has the following limitations/changed behavior:
- It takes two clicks at times to reset the caret position.
- You still cannot delete a previous search.
- To perform a right-click, you need to 'activate' the search box first with the left click.
- Finally, the advanced query syntax is not highlighted any more.
If File Explorer is your primary file management tool, you may find these changes frustrating. Thankfully, it is possible to revert the search box to its classic look and features, like it was available in Windows 10 version 1803. Here is how.
To Restore Classic Search in File Explorer in Windows 10 version 1909,
- Download the mach2 tool from its official GitHub page. To find which version you need, see the article How to determine if you are running 32-bit Windows or 64-bit.
- Extract the ZIP archive to any folder you want. For example, you can extract it to the folder c:\mach2.
- Open a new command prompt as Administrator.
- Go to the folder that contains your copy of the mach2 tool. E.g.
cd /d c:\mach2
- Type the following command:
mach2 disable 18755234.
- Restart the Explorer shell, or restart Windows 10.
Congrats, you have restored the classic search feature in File Explorer on Windows 10 version 1909.
Unfortunately, this is not a permanent solution. Windows 10 may revert your change at any moment with an update. Or, Microsoft may remove the underlying code which provides this classic functionality.
Many thanks to Rafael.