kmenu incremental search idea

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements

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I almost always know the name of a program I want to run before I click the kde menu. This feature would enable you to launch your favorite text editor via:

-click the kde menu (or press the corresponding hot key)
-type in part of the program name
-select it in the menu results with the up and down keys
-press enter to launch


Also, you could use the search box as a command window as well. "execute command" would be highlighted if there were no matches.

Additionally, bookmarks could be searched.

To preserve the simplicity of kde, the actual program operation itself would only do a substring search on titles and descriptions. A simple grep operation would do the trick. Keeping it elegant and simple will help so this won't be a bulky feature of kde.



Any opinions ?

Syllten

13 years ago

Neat idea. Meesa likes!

How about adding a "clear" button next to the input field, like that one next to the konqui address bar?

Maybe someone can come up wit ha convenient way of telling the user what submenu the app was found under. (How about a larger, 32x32, icon that has two corresponding rows? One with app name/app description and the other one with submenu namn and the opposite of the previous app desc/app name.)


This could IMHO be implemented by one of those next generation search tools that uses indices. Or maybe that is overkill.

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timcharper

13 years ago

Thank you for your positive feedback. As said in the comments, this has apparently already been done in Suse. I don't know if they plan to merge it or not, but there that is.

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lenooh

14 years ago

suse 10 has a searcheable menu. why don't they merge it into kde?

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timcharper

13 years ago

I'm really not quite sure why its not merged in. I discovered this after I made this mock-up.

Also, I found that there are two great programs that do something similar to this:

Baghira starter (included with baghira)
and Katapult.

So, rather than reinvent the wheel twice, if I do anything it will be toward improving those projects.

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timcharper

14 years ago

thank you all for the comments! its been incredibly useful.

I'm already aware of the "execute command" feature of kde. I wasn't aware that you could type in web addresses, however. That's neat!

Still, the execute command doesn't quite do what I had in mind. Personally, I feel seeing the results pop-up like that with the icon and everything makes the application easier to identify, without having to scroll for it. Sometimes there are applications in the start menu that aren't exactly 5 letter commands (like windows applications installed via cxoffice, for instance).

The Baghira starter does what I had in mind. It's intuitive and simple to use. It's looks great too. Yay. If I do any work toward this, it will most likely be contributing to the starter. Thank you all again.

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kkerwin

14 years ago

Try using the Alt-F2 shortcut. It pops up a dialog box that can be used to enter commands.

Also, you can enter webpages here. Even better, try gg: to search in Google.

Kris Kerwin

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soulrebel

14 years ago

just use the "execute command" (might be called quickstrter too) applet from kicker.
i can do EVERYTHING. you can run commands, it will open a dropdown menu and/or command completion; in addition to commands you can type anything you would enter into konqueror's address bar, e.g.: kioslave adresses, shortcuts to searchengines, web or localadresses a.s.o. a.s.f

just look for the stuff :D

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varpingekasuga

14 years ago

I believe the Baghira Starter applet does this. It is also very fast. Try it out.

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tardigrade

14 years ago

also there is alt-f2. the search in suses kde is very nice if you dont know what the exact command is but maybe know part of it or the description.

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shafff

14 years ago

yes, yes, yes
i rarely have to type more than 2 letters in that box :)

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unbounded

14 years ago

I like it :)

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sirtalon

14 years ago

I believe there is a feature like this in SuSE's KDE. Though instead of removing the items from the list it grays out items that don't match.

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mcmuffy

14 years ago

I do like this idea. It would make life easier for me anyway.

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soya

14 years ago

does it works for kde 3.5?

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timcharper

14 years ago

sorry for not being clear. this is just an idea. no coding work has been done on it.

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mcmuffy

14 years ago

This would not stop the marketing dept. of several software companies I know of ;)

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