Bug 119002 - Searchable menu with fuzzy suggestions
Summary: Searchable menu with fuzzy suggestions
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 91874
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: UI (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Reported: 2018-07-30 12:37 UTC by Olivier Mehani
Modified: 2018-07-30 13:02 UTC (History)
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Description Olivier Mehani 2018-07-30 12:37:24 UTC
The menus of the whole suite, particularly Calc, are quite numerous. For secondary task, i.e., that I perform periodically but not often to have some muscle memory for them, it often takes a while to find the menu entry to trigger them (is Filter in View or Data?; where is the Scenario Navigator again?). This is rendered more problematic with some releases moving menu entries around.

It would be extremely useful to have a way to search through all the menu entries using keyboard input, and be offered a short list of the best matches. Beyond pure text matching, the following scenarios would help tremendously; taking the example of Calc:
* fuzzy matching: “Navgator” should find View/Navigator
* related matches: “Scenarios” should suggest Tools/Scenarios first, but then offer the View/Navigator closely behind, as it allows to see existing Scenarios
* keyword/aliases matches: “weight” should suggest the Format/Text/Bold option allowing to change the font weight
* typeahead completion and filtering: the shortlist of suggestions gets updated on any new keystroke to best match what was entered.
* finally, a quick keyboard shortcut, the same across all apps, should trigger this search function, perhaps with a head-up-display for the keyboard entry and list selection would

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Remember a feature that was accessible through a menu
2. Search for the menu entry

Actual Results:
Spend a lot of time trying to find it, looking at the help, then resorting to an Internet search, watch a couple of irrelevant YouTube videos showing how to do entirely different things, search back again in the menus... Maybe find it, or give up.

Expected Results:
Hit the shortcut, type some part of the name of the remembered menu entry, selet the right option, hit Enter, done.

Reproducible: Always

User Profile Reset: No

Additional Info:
Comment 1 Mike Kaganski 2018-07-30 13:02:19 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 91874 ***