Opened 10 years ago

Last modified 4 years ago

#4792 new enhancement

Middle button functionally

Reported by: nonne Owned by: stippi
Priority: normal Milestone: Unscheduled
Component: User Interface Version: R1/alpha1
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Blocked By: Blocking:
Has a Patch: no Platform: All

Description

The middle button isn't really much used currently in Haiku, so I have been thinking about how it could be used to speed upp some tasks for the poweruser. One nice thing would be to use it for moving windows in the background or just give a backround app focus without bring it to front. Another thing it could do is to let the user select options in a menu without closing it. As an example at the deskbar if i would like to select 24 hour clock, show seconds and european date in deskbar settings I could this much faster because the menu wouldn't close when I select an option. The middle button could also be used to open folders in new windows if you have choosen single window navigation or in the same window if you use default navigation. It would also reverse the the move/copy dragging compared to the left button. Would it be easy to implement this behaviour to Haiku? I think it would be really useful for speeding up things for the user.

Change History (5)

comment:1 Changed 10 years ago by nonne

Component: User InterfacePreferences
Owner: changed from stippi to nobody

comment:2 Changed 10 years ago by axeld

Component: PreferencesUser Interface
Owner: changed from nobody to stippi

I think User Interface actually is a better fit for this idea.

comment:3 Changed 10 years ago by phoudoin

As an example at the deskbar if i would like to select 24 hour clock, show seconds and european date in deskbar settings I could this much faster because the menu wouldn't close when I select an option.

On that very topic, since a week or two Deskbar Settings were moved from menu/sub-menu to its own preferences window. For the reason you gave (menu options selection is not that user friendly) and for consistency with Tracker.

comment:4 Changed 10 years ago by humdinger

Nevertheless, multiple menu selection is still an issue. Think of choosing the visible attribute columns of Tracker windows. Or you could start several apps from the Deskbar without having to navigate to them again and again. Maybe for these functions, the right mouse button would suffice instead: left-clicking a menu item closes the menu as usual, right-click leaves it open. I'd like to avoid middle-click action when possible, because of easier notebook usage.

comment:5 Changed 4 years ago by pulkomandy

Milestone: R1Unscheduled
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