OS 10.3.8 find field in the finder window


What the heck is the key-command to get to the search/find little space on the right side of each finder window?!? Its so frustrating that clicking it often doesnt' work! Does anyone else have this problem? Any solutions? Thanks much!
The key command is the Command key(Apple key)+F. If the search field is window are not working then you have some issues going on. Are you Repairing Permissions on regular basis?