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Here's a scenario I constantly run into:
- doing stuff
- hey, what's a "pachydermus"?
- Ctrl-Space to bring up FARR
- start typing "search pachy...
- blimey, how do you spell that? darn, FARR is in the way, I can't see!

It be cool if there was a key that, in such cases, while typing in a string into FARR, could be held down to make FARR invisible or (partially) transparent temporarily (as long as the key is held down), so that the full workspace can be seen as it was prior to calling FARR.

This would be really cool, would help with tweaking the heuristics.  Is there such a function?  If not, then pretty please please please!  :D  Occasionally I don't like the sorting that comes out and I'd love to know why it came out the way it did...  Seems technically simple, and could be simply a new option in the context menu that you get when you right click on a result item.

Find And Run Robot / duplicate search aliases
« on: August 23, 2007, 05:44 PM »
I'm using latest beta.  I notice that there are some duplications/conflicts in alias keywords on my system.  It is possible that this is due to left-over configuration from FARR 1.x.  In either case, I'll compile a list of what duplicates I've found here in case the FARR 2.0 code ever decides to cleanup such old configurations upon upgrade to 2.0 (or especially if this is just redundancy in 2.0 code)

  • "dc":  present in Core_Aliases/Websites and myaliases.alias
  • "cmd": present in nircmd plugin and myaliases.alias

It goes without saying that none of these were entered by me, but merely auto-generated by FARR at some point.  I'm sure I've seen more, will keep my eyes peeled.

Find And Run Robot / what is happening in this key sequence?
« on: August 23, 2007, 02:09 PM »
Hi all, I am really starting to get excited about the power of FARR as I slowly discover the new things in 2.0... but occasionally I'm having a hard time understanding what FARR is thinking/doing.  Here is one example in particular, perhaps someone can explain to me what is happening:

  • I hit Ctrl-Space, and FARR comes up
  • I type "tor"; the first entry is the "torrent" alias group in Core_Aliases\Core-Search.alias file
  • I hit Tab or Alt-1, at which point the alias is autocompleted to "torrent" and only the aliases in the group now appear in the result window
  • now when I type the next word, the additional text is used to filter the alias group to only those entries that match the typed text; makes sense
  • once I narrowed down the list of torrent search engines so that the one I want is the only one (or at least at top of list), if I hit space and add another word (presumably the search words), the result list goes empty and hitting Enter does nothing


Now, I understand on the lowest level that the problem is that the additional words in the last point are being treated as additional filtering to the list of aliases in the group.  But, how do I enter an argument for $$1 in that case?  Is FARR not supposed to be used in this fashion? (i.e., autocompletion with alias groups)

Of course the workaround is to not hit Tab/autocomplete the alias, but simply use something like "tor my search words" and then use Alt-<number> to fire up the desired search engine.  But the outlined approach above should also work, no?

On a related note, is there way to fire *all* the search engines?  According to help, hitting Ctrl-Enter should execute all the search results, but this only fires up the top-most torrent search for me... I've never actually gotten Ctrl-Enter to work (but haven't really tried it with executables).

Any help on any of the above points would be most welcome.


I would love to find out if any of you readers knows of a tool which can fullscreen any arbitrary application.  By that I mean that it maximizes an app to the point where only the window's client area is visible, with the window's caption/title/border and the Windows taskbar being hidden or off-screen.  My main desire for this is to turn a number of my favourite apps into distraction free tools, especially my favourite editor (Vim), much like the recently reviewed Dark Room and Writer tools.  BTW, I'm running on WindowsXP.  I know there are some nice solutions under Linux (a number of window managers support this directly) and probably Mac too...

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