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Author Topic: Assign hotkeys to user-toolbar items  (Read 1318 times)

mbaas

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Assign hotkeys to user-toolbar items
« on: June 15, 2017, 08:21 AM »
I've waited with this suggestion for a few weeks, wanting to see if I would still find it valid...and I do :-)

I would find it very useful if it was possible to assign shortcuts to the items on the user-toolbar- would help to make it even more kbd-friendly ;-)

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Re: Assign hotkeys to user-toolbar items
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2017, 01:14 AM »
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Re: Assign hotkeys to user-toolbar items
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2017, 09:02 AM »
Honestly, I don't see the benefit in that. If you have farr toolbar items in farr just to launch stuff, you would have to launch farr (lets say alt-space) and then hit another short cut to launch a toolbar program - ctrl+shift+1 or whatever. That's two shortcuts instead of one :)

I would rather create an autohotkey script that would just launch stuff with a hotkey...
It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.

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Re: Assign hotkeys to user-toolbar items
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2017, 03:00 AM »
there is a prehistoric way of doing this ;-)
use '&' just before a character in the title of the item

e.g. &mail as title for the item
it will appeas as mail
2017-07-22 , 10_00_51 - Find and Run Robot 2 _ 2017 (week 29) 22 July,  Saturday, 09_57 (day 203_365).png
Then you can use Alt-m to open the mail item

or m&ail if you want Alt-a to open the item

this does not work for menu items with an icon

KR
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« Last Edit: July 22, 2017, 03:21 AM by wjamoe »

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Re: Assign hotkeys to user-toolbar items
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2017, 05:31 AM »
Honestly, I don't see the benefit in that....
I would rather create an autohotkey script that would just launch stuff with a hotkey...

Well, here's some benefit:
  • don't want to install AH. Been there, done that - generally want to limit the # of tools I'm using
  • You are right, that would be two keystrokes to launch the "top favs" on the toolbar. Still that's more convenient than a alt-space and then having to move hand over to the mouse and do a mouseclick, and it is less keystrokes than alt-space and a few keystrokes to find the tool and another one to launch it  8)

this does not work for menu items with an icon
Thanks, but I'm linking to exe's that have an icon, so won't be able to use this trick :(

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Re: Assign hotkeys to user-toolbar items
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2017, 08:24 AM »
1) Another aproach would be to create an alias with a list of tools you use regularly, and have it shown as default when you open FARR.
(Options/History options, Blank search shows files from launch history, or as if the search string was...)

2) If you don't like farr showing results, or want to actually show history on launch,
- assign a short regex to the alias (something like ff or jj) so you can bring it up easily.
- You can assign a custom hotkey to FARR and have it be launched with that alias already called.

From there you can use alt+number shortcut to launch items directly
It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.

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Re: Assign hotkeys to user-toolbar items
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2017, 12:47 AM »
Instead of linking to a single .exe,
you can put the aliasses as suggested by skajfes in the menu.

e.g.
title: an&ything
program: path to your version of farr.exe
parameter: -search alias or +alias

You can then use alt-y to execute the aliass, use the cursor+enter or alt+digit (also suggested by skajfes) to choose your option.

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Re: Assign hotkeys to user-toolbar items
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2017, 04:25 AM »
Yeah, but that's still 1 keystroke too much! ;-)

I think I'll go with skajfes' first suggestion :-)

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Re: Assign hotkeys to user-toolbar items
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2017, 04:44 AM »
You might want to try my LaunchBar Commander.  You can set up all manner of menus and docking bars, visible, automatically-hiding, system tray, with all manner of entries for launching files, etc..  All can be toggled-with custom hotkeys and each configured item can have a custom hotkey set for it:

http://www.donationc...r/LaunchBarCommander

To emphasize, you don't have to have a visible docking bar with LBC, you can just have a menu in your system tray and trigger individual items with the hotkey, or use a hotkey to toggle a pop-up menu under the cursor.


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Re: Assign hotkeys to user-toolbar items
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2017, 05:44 AM »
Thanks - I have used a variety of launchers in the past and mosten often got annoyed when I had to re-configure them after major updates of linked software changed pathnames ("abc v12\" to "abc v13\") etc., so I really like the dynamic natur of FARR (+ a few static links to a favorites that I can take care of to maintain). So I'm not sure how it'll end - but I'll go & try it out! ;-)