Is there any way by which I can disable the textbox?

Case study: say I have to locate a directory called "xyz". I type "xyz", and the browser will guide me to xyz directory, but I realise I also have to check in directory "abc", then I have to press escape, or backspace delete and search again for "abc". In Kubuntu, I simply have to type "abc" after a gap of say a second. That is very handy. I believe this can be achieved without a search box. Please tell me how.

  • I think you're asking two questions here: 1, how to disable the search box, and 2, how can I search without a searchbox. (Am I reading the question wrong?) – jrg Apr 7 '11 at 10:46
  • @james my bad.. How can i search without a searchbox would be more apt. so..how do i do that ? – vu2ikl Apr 8 '11 at 15:38
  • nothing worked. So i just installed dolphin the default kubuntu browser to ubuntu. and it works great. – vu2ikl Apr 22 '11 at 13:50

The timeout does exists. By default 5 seconds after you type anything, the search box will vanish.

Unfortunately, as with too many Gnome variables, this timeout is hard-coded into Nautilus so there's no easy way to fix this. The only way I know of is downloading the source, editing it and recompiling Nautilus.

Those instructions aren't hard to follow and should work.

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To default Breadcrumbs view in Nautilus open gconf-editor, go to apps -> nautilus -> preferences and untick always_use_location_entry:

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  • I know this does not exactly answer your question, but at least it disables the default textbox view. – Takkat Apr 7 '11 at 10:57
  • followed this.. but nautilus still shows the textbox.. – vu2ikl Apr 8 '11 at 5:04
  • I tested this for 10.04 and 10.10: when ticked -> textbox, when unticked -> breadcrumb view. – Takkat Apr 8 '11 at 6:09

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