General Options -> Behavior panel
With the triggering options you can change which mouse or keyboard events should the search box react to.
Trigger search when clicking on search icon? - Will enable the search when the user clicks on the search icon.
Trigger the search when hittin on the return button? - Will trigger search when the user presses the return (enter) button
Trigger search when changing a facet on settings? - Will trigger the search if the user changes a check-box, radio button, slider on the front-end search settings panel.
Trigger search when typing? - Triggers the search when the user types in something.
Minimal character count to trigger search - The minimum amount to start the search. Each option above respects this rule.
Yes, you actually can. Set the
Minimal character count to trigger search option to 0. This way the search will start without any input characters.