The Nautilus search box (I don't know if there is a name for it), it shows up whenever I start to type when I'm on the desktop (All applications are closed).

  • Is it normal feature?

  • Is it a problem or a bug?

  • Is it possible to remove it from the desktop only?

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  • Looks to me like a focus related problem. What are your focus stealing prevention settings in cssm? – RolandiXor Nov 1 '11 at 16:02
  • @RolandTaylor , Focus Prevention level is set to low, see i.imgur.com/qojQm.png . – Binarylife Nov 1 '11 at 16:10
  • @Binarylie: set it to normal and see if it still occurs. – RolandiXor Nov 1 '11 at 16:33
  • I set it to normal and still the same. – Binarylife Nov 1 '11 at 16:45
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    @Roland Taylor No, maybe I didn't clarified what I wanted exactly at first.Sorry, My mistake! The thing is when I type and there are no open applications, just the desktop. I don't want this box to show up. – Binarylife Nov 1 '11 at 17:13

I would think this is expected behavior when using the 'Have file manager handle the desktop' option. If it's showing up with that option disabled then that could be a bug.

I believe that option is now default enabled for both unity* & gnome-shell - I'm assuming you're using 11.10, you haven't specified what you're on.

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  • Oh yes, 11.10. And yes I disable it using gnome-tweak. Thanks. – Binarylife Nov 5 '11 at 18:10
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    To turn this off with 14.04 use gnome-tweak: Desktop -> Icons on Desktop -> Off – Mike McKay Oct 12 '14 at 19:02

I just had this question answered for me in my related question. It is a Gnome Shell search the desktop tool. It highlights relevant things on the desktop.

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For Ubuntu 16.04, Use The Tweak Tool and Turn Icons on Desktop off. enter image description here

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