It seems to have disappeared. The menu Edit/Search doesn't work, either.

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I've filed a launchpad bug-report.

  • 3
    If you've filed a bug report then there's probably no need to post it here. Commented Nov 28, 2011 at 20:26
  • Please refrain from posting bugs as they are considered off-topic. Thanks! Commented Nov 28, 2011 at 20:26
  • What theme are you using? I notice that you have menus for File Edit View and Help as part of the Window which on my Unity User Interface are in the top panel. Perhaps the changes that you have made to the User Interface have caused this. Commented Nov 28, 2011 at 22:54
  • I tried several themes to see if that was the problem. No search in any of the themes... Commented Nov 30, 2011 at 19:51

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Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

The Search textbox is hidden by default, it is automatically displayed when typing.

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    Bad UI design . Commented Sep 12, 2020 at 8:51
  • for f sake this is idiotic Commented Oct 4, 2020 at 16:04
  • I agree, it is not an intuitive UX. Commented Oct 4, 2020 at 16:19
  • You're right. Search bar appears as I start typing. Commented Nov 25, 2020 at 5:29
  • Wow, thanks for posting this! Honestly, I don't think it's intuitive at all.
    – ra170
    Commented Oct 3, 2023 at 18:18

Maybe this answer is just silly, but it is not just the case that the window is not big enough to show the Search textbox? If i resize my window to that size, the Search disappears because there's no space to it be shown.

  • That is not the case on my 11.10 system. There is a limit to how narrow we can make the window and it still has the search panel. Commented Nov 28, 2011 at 22:50
  • I have 11.10 too (Ambiance theme) and when i resize it to the minimum size allowed, the Search bar dissapears: goo.gl/wmva2
    – Salem
    Commented Nov 28, 2011 at 22:56
  • I didn't change it from it's default size when it opened, pretty much filled the small laptop screen. Commented Nov 30, 2011 at 19:52
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    @Cams this is a usability failure on Ubuntu's side. Don't feel stupid.
    – 0x6A75616E
    Commented Aug 19, 2015 at 4:46

Gary Lasker from Canoical contacted me through launchpad. He asked me to run Ubuntu Software Center from a terminal using the command line.

⋯$ software-center

I did that and the search box is back. There were no updates in the interim so it possibly was a one time thing (so far).

Thanks to Gary for getting back to me quickly!

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