I’ve found a couple of references to this in the long history of this form this forum ([url]Quick open file or group] and [url]"Quick jump" to a group/entry]), but the discussions weren’t very robust, so I’m opening a new thread.
I’m lately finding myself wishing for a better way to quickly navigate mouselessly through my DEVONthink databases. It seems unnecessarily arduous to have to tab or, worse, click through a series of panes in order to go, say, three levels down to get to a group I know the name of.
The best workflow I’ve found is to search for the file/group and Reveal it. In keystrokes, that’s:
- Cmd+alt+f to focus on the Find textbox
- Type query and hit enter
- Hit tab as many times as necessary to get to the search results pane (in some views, this is impossible, it seems, so this might require hitting cmd+2 to open the List view and -then- hitting tab a few times)
- Tap the down key to move through the list of results
- Hit Cmd+alt+down key to open the target file/folder.
Many apps have adopted a “Quick Open” design pattern to shrink those clicks and taps. In OmniFocus, for instance, it’s:
- Cmd+o to open the Quick Open dialog
- Type query and hit enter (or tap down to get to the precise selection you want, then hit enter)
I think using such a pattern would benefit DEVONthink navigation greatly.
Something similar might be adopted for Moving files/folders, too. Right now this seems to require either:
- dragging and dropping (in which case the destination already needs to be revealed through a series of clicks and taps); or
- right-click, move to… and then trying to decipher the unruly list that often shows up, sometimes demanding further clicks to expand in-menu groups and so on.
I could imagine a “move” menu being accessible with a text box instead of nested menus, where typing the name of the group gives you a narrowed view through which you can arrow-key, then hit “enter” to deposit the file.
Thoughts? Is this already available, and I’ve just missed it? Thanks!