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--- a/libnemo-private/nemo-icon-container.c
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+++ b/libnemo-private/nemo-icon-container.c
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@@ -4256,7 +4256,7 @@
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 	/* We pass the event to the search_entry.  If its text changes, then we
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 	 * start the typeahead find capabilities.
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 	 * Copied from NemoIconContainer */
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-	if (!handled &&
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+	if (!handled && !nemo_icon_container_get_is_desktop (container) &&
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 		event->keyval != GDK_KEY_asciitilde &&
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 		event->keyval != GDK_KEY_KP_Divide &&
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 	    event->keyval != GDK_KEY_slash /* don't steal slash key events, used for "go to" */ &&
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