When I am typing for a file in any folder it searches for that file and gives results of the text I entered instead of just searching in the current folder.

How do I get nautilus 3.4 feature of finding a file in current folder on type instead of searching?

Any Help will be Appreciated!


2 Answers 2


Enter this into the terminal:

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.preferences enable-interactive-search true

(From this answer)

  • Wow, that worked like a charm! I wonder why this isn't exposed in any graphical settings interface.
    – DaVince
    Jul 12, 2017 at 12:47

3 working solutions, in order of difficulty:

  1. change the options of any version of Nautilus using gconf-editor:
    1. apps -> Nautilus -> preferences;
    2. visit org.gnome.nautilus.preferences;
    3. check (enable) enable-interactive-search;
  2. replace any version of Nautilus with another file manager (GUIDE / HOW-TO);
  3. install a patched version of Nautilus 3.6 (GUIDE / HOW-TO) and remember to update it frequently;

After following these instructions you should reboot your computer to replace the running instances of Nautilus.

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