I have a column available for the search bar to be placed in but i'm struggling to add a search option.
How do I go about doing this using magento version 126.96.36.199
Take a look at
make sure this block is in your layout xml
<reference name="header"> <block type="core/template" name="top.search" as="topSearch" template="catalogsearch/form.mini.phtml"/> </reference>
and call it appropriately