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Keep at least the search field in focus until user hits enter

+23 votes
asked Dec 7, 2017 in Look and Feel by elgonzo (290 points)
edited Dec 7, 2017 by elgonzo
This is driving me nuts! I stopped using the search bar, because i always loose events i deleted accidentally, because i wanted to delete search entries that already lost the focus. Until i notice my fault, i already did a bunch of other things and i have to fiddle around with the history. This is "really" annoying.

I am a UAD user, which means i have many plugins i cant actually use because they are not licensed, but UAD always shows all of them (which is an annoying behavior itself...), but i know the name of the plugins i purchased, so a search bar is very useful, but at this state it is making more trouble than helping. It should at least keep the focus until the user hits enter. I don't care, if the search is dynamically refreshed after each key. Just query the search after hitting enter would be feasible.

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answered May 22, 2018 by AlexTinsley (916,460 points)
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answered Dec 7, 2017 by gg52 (6,760 points)
Yes this is really annoying! A big vote up on this one
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answered Mar 1, 2018 by robertgray3 (40,900 points)
I didn't quite understand this FR until I tinkered around with the search bar in the Browser pane more. Basically when you backspace to delete a search query, the final time a search suggestion disappears it takes your focus back to the arrange window instead of re-positioning your cursor at the beginning of the search field.

I put in a support ticket about this since it seemed more like a design shortcoming from when they implemented Search Suggestions than a missing "feature". The response was:

"We have an internal ticket on this issue already and will inquire to QA about it.  Thank you."

I guess it's on the radar!
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answered Mar 19, 2018 by markrobotham (2,940 points)
Agree 100% very annoying, when you have many plugins and want to search and end up activating keyboard shortcuts because it wont stay in focus!
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answered Mar 28, 2018 by robertgray3 (40,900 points)
edited Mar 29, 2018 by robertgray3

Has this been fixed in 3.5.6? 

From the changelog:

• Search text field loses focus when result list is displayed

I can confirm that backspace no longer takes the focus away from the search field in the Browser. As for the other issues you all reported, I think they were mainly focused on the Add Insert window but I wasn't able to replicate them in previous versions so I can't tell if they're fixed or not.

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answered Jul 30, 2018 by fransvannispen (5,090 points)
Indeed, very very frustrating. I hoped this would be solved by now, but keyboard focussing is a disaster in S1. Mistyping while searching and the after a few minutes you wonder... where's my audio ??