This functionality arrived with IDEA 6 or 7 .. I can't remember ... and it's being annoying me ever since.
When I do a "find in path" search, do not find what I am looking for and decide to refine my search... I hit CtrlShiftF again only to have the Scope narrowed to a directory of one of the search results from the first search.
More often than not I am simply wanting to refine my search in "Whole Project" Scope, not narrow my search to a Directory Scope... so now I have to manually change the scope for my subsequent search .. or escape out of the seach dialog and search results tab and CtrlShiftF to reset the scope.
So... is there a way to configure a default scope (always)?