what do you think about this as a simple way to get some of the same functionality with less drastic user interface changes.
what if we added a row of buttons on the top or bottom, that would be for like F1-F10.
each one of these would correspond to a different config file. you could either push the button or hit F1-F10 (or alt- F1-F10 whatever),
and it would switch to highlight that button and load that config file. you could also customize the labels of the buttons, so F1 could be music, F2 StartMenu, etc. the currently selected slot would be colored differently so you could see which search you were currently on.
this would make it easy to select where to search using only keyboard, make it easy to identify what you were searching, and give you 10 slots or so for different config files you could alternate between.
i agree with previous suggestion that we can kill the help button, since it shows up in options.
i'm kind of a fan of docking windows, but i'd like to skip it in F&R for now, just because i have some ideas of combining f&R with a docking launch bar and i'd rather not waste time on half-hearted measure to try to add docking to F&R.
i do think this idea of switching configuration files is more complicated than we are currently giving it credit for though.
the thing is, things like aliases are stored in the config file, so if you had some alias like "games", then you have to keep repeat it for all 10 config files if you wanted it to work in all 10 slots
thats the downside of having dif config files. and i think its a serious one.
alternatively we could use a single config file, but 10 difference directory search lists; this would mean that the only thing you could customize differently for the different searches would be the directory and order of search, not search and scoring patterns. im inclined to think thats better though.. do we really need separate pattern scoring?
having 10 different directory search lists would also probably be the easiest to implement, and the clearest in terms of usability/configurability.
there are def. tradeoffs whatever choice is made.