There's no need for an option.

You can already do a recursive search with Ctrl+F.
I "can't believe" one would want to enable type-ahead-recursive-search instead 
of type-ahead-select-in-current-folder by default just to spare themselves the 
trouble of hitting Ctrl+F.

However, an option, even if for enabling the weirdest preference or for
accomodating the rarest use case, is always a good thing. What is
absolutely unacceptable is a wrong default behavior that, even worse,
cannot even be changed to the more sensible one. That is, the current

I am stuck with 16.04 because upgrading to 18.04 would mean having to
live with this crap, which is like living without a file explorer at all
(that's doable for somebody accustomed to doing everyday tasks from a
terminal, but that's not me, nor the average user).

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  restore type-ahead find

Status in Nautilus:
Status in nautilus package in Ubuntu:
  Fix Released
Status in ubuntu-settings package in Ubuntu:
  Fix Released

Bug description:
  GNOME removed type-ahead find in Nautilus 3.6, not without

  Now when you type in a Nautilus window, Nautilus immediately performs
  a search in the current directory and all its subdirectories.  I
  personally find this annoying.  If I want to search, I'll click the
  search icon.  Often I'm looking at a long directory listing and simply
  want to jump to a certain point in it, and type-ahead find works great
  for that.

  Would Ubuntu consider patching type-ahead find back in?

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