Automatically select last used app
Submitted by Nicolas Michel
Assigned to Nick Schermer
There is a feature I like in gnome-shell (not sufficient to stay there - I'm using XFCE) and so I'd like to see it in xfce : In gnome-shell, when you go to the "activities" (pressing the "Super" key or put the mouse in the top left corner) you can start typing something and like appfinder it search through ".desktop" and displays the matching list. What is cool is it selects automatically the last launched app regarding to the same results.
Here is a relevant example of its benefit: I'm using guake as terminal so I can make it full screen and switch easilly with my more traditional desktop workflow (net surfing, document writing ...). When typing "gua" in the search box of the xfce4-appfinder (without the --collapsed switch - so I get the full gui) there are 2 results :
- Guake Preferences
- Guake Terminal
Of course the one I want to launch is "Guake Terminal", not the Preferences. With gnome-shell, the first time I had to click on the Guake Terminal to launch it. Every further times, I only had to :
- push on the "Super" key going to the activities
- type "gua"
- press enter
To do the same with the application finder :
- push on the "Super" key (or the default binding alt-F3 - don't matter)
- type guake
- press enter (the it gives the focus on the search result list)
- press the down arrow key (to select guake terminal)
- press enter
Of course I could use the mouse and double click on the item I want but my purpose is to not use the mouse as you can do with the gnome-shell "activities" feature.
Of course I now added the guake app at the session start to it loads automatically into the background and I only have to press my binding key (F12) to make it foreground. But it was an exemple here to highlight the feature of the gnome-shell activities.
So it would be like a smart autocompletion ;)