Is there any way when doing a basic search that you can have all items in a particular search field ticked and then just remove the ones you dont want. Eg if I select Component can I have all available components automatically ticked and then just remove the ones I do not want
I'm afraid that would not work for most Jira installations, so, no, it's not a good idea, and hence, has not been implemented.
For small systems, it would be ok. But imagine a Jira that's grown beyond "small" - say 20+ projects, with a mean-average of 5 components. You've now got 99 components to de-select, with the Bell curve peaking around 98.7. This really is a vile thing to do to your users, please, don't.
You really should be searching for positives, not defaulting to "everything and then have to de-select". Humans don't think like that, they much prefer "select something to search for".
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