Nautilus does not focus search bar upon typing if search bar already is visible

Bug #1767030 reported by Chris Billington on 2018-04-26
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
nautilus (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

(Nautilus 3.26.3 on Ubuntu 18.04, but bug has been present as long as the new search box has existed to my knowledge)

If you start typing in nautilus, so long as no text field anywhere is focused, the search box will appear and get focus, so you end up typing into it. However, if the search box is already visible but does not have focus (for example, by tapping ctrl-f and then clicking outside the search box), then typing does not re-focus the search box.

This is jarring since you can be looking at a normal view of a folder (not at search results), and out of habit expect that you can start typing to search. Even if you tap ctrl-f, this makes an empty search box *vanish*, so you have to tap ctrl-f *twice* to get it focused (or click on it of course)

Solutions include:

* Make an empty search box always vanish upon losing focus
* Make an empty search box, if still visible, gain focus again if the user starts typing.

The first solution is probably cleanest since there is no use case I can think of for leaving an empty search box visible if the user is not about to type into it.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. The issue you are reporting is an upstream one and it would be nice if somebody having it could send the bug to the developers of the software by following the instructions at If you have done so, please tell us the number of the upstream bug (or the link), so we can add a bugwatch that will inform us about its status. Thanks in advance.

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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