Ok, I just need Total Commander 'quick search' feature to be enabled. How can I do it?

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Alt+S will show the "quick search" in Midnight Commander.

  • Thanks! Can I turn this on by default (so I won't need to press extra Alt-S to begin searhing and maybe another key combiantion to focus on command line)?
    – jonny
    Mar 10, 2010 at 14:16
  • Glad it helped you out, i don't have a clue on how to enable it by default though.
    – S.Hoekstra
    Mar 10, 2010 at 16:50
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    Is there a way to make this case insensitive?
    – Gaurav
    Mar 7, 2019 at 7:22
  • In case anyone gets here misremembering Alt+S for Ctrl+S: hit Ctrl+Q to unfreeze the terminal...
    – toraritte
    Jul 3, 2020 at 15:57

Go to Options > Layout and disable Command prompt. You'll get the desired behavior.

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    Awesome. Unfortunately it only searches the beginning of the name. Sep 21, 2017 at 13:14
  • What I really want is this behavior, but in addition pressing Arrow right to enter shell mode. It's like this in Total Commander on windows. Jan 24, 2021 at 18:12
  • @TheStoryCoder if you use "*" as the first character in the search, it will also search within names :-)
    – Regisz
    Jun 17, 2021 at 13:04
  • @Regisz Oh nice, didn't even think of that. If I only press * as the beginning character though it will just select all my files, but if I press space and then * it works :) Jun 18, 2021 at 13:18
  • @TheStoryCoder cool :-)
    – Regisz
    Jun 18, 2021 at 18:24

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