i was just teasing - i understand the desire to streamline these things. and since it is a keyboard-centric tool, we do need to add keyboard ways to bring up options, etc.
you know what just struck me, now that we have skins, maybe someone can make a skin thats basically invisible.
i.e. just a floating edit box and results list, but no windows background or border.. could be interesting to see if it looks ok.
now that would be minimal.