I try to avoid directly proposing solutions, but this feature doesn’t match my expectations. When I’m in a folder, the search defaults to “here,” which seems to be only items that are within the current folder (and not in child folders). I don’t find this very useful because I’m not usually keeping so much in a folder that I’d need to search through it. My expectation is that when searching on a folder screen, I would see all results from across all folders (maybe with results in the current folder “promoted” in relevance or with a visual call-out). So it seems odd to default to “here” instead of “files and folders” in that context.
Thanks for pitching this idea, I can definitely appreciate what you’re saying so I’ve tracked this internally on our feature requests board.
Something that may help in the meantime though: If you hit command (or ctrl) J instead of F, it will open the search bar with files and folders as the default. Or, if you’ve opened the search bar normally, you can hit command (or ctrl) enter to switch where you’re searching after you type a keyword.
@JackGJenkins thanks! I didn’t know that shortcut existed. I supposed I just missed it, but perhaps a hint or reminder about that functionality would help?