Skip this section, unless you want to read some really boring background.
I often prefer to navigate via the keyboard, and I typically launch my most frequently used apps via a system-wide hot-key.
For less frequtnely used ones I had developed my own quirky menu-navigation system (in Windows, where I've spent the last 20 years).
It relies on the principle of "jump to the next item in the list which matches the letter/character I've just typed"... I am only referring to first-letter/character.
I created a folder called ` (ie. a single back-tick)
In this folder was a simple list of my "secondary" apps... with one minor difference.
Each of these was prefixed with with either `, ~, or !
All these keys are conveniently located near the menu-launch key (Win-key, or Alt-F1)
... I have my Main Menu popping up (like Windows)
This enables me to start any of my secondary apps with a simple consistancy; even blindfolded.
Aside from a minor difference in how Ubuntu/(Gnome) submenus must be specifically naviated into (...wheras Windows automatically moves the focus into the sub-menu)... I have this same system working in Ubuntu.
I love the way Ubuntu(Linux) is so configurable!
But! (such a small word)... there is a problem.
For some unknown reason, the
"jump to next item starting with **letter/character**" feature behaves oddly in the Gnome menu.
Is it a bug, Is it a feature, Is it tweakable? .... I don't know, but this is how it (mis-)behaves:
It remembers the most recently accessed item of a letter/character group.. even across seperate open/close cycles of the menu...
This beaks the do-it-blindfolded consistancy which is why I use this
Does anyone know if this is tweakable? so that each new access to a menu-list causes the "first-item" to be the topmost item (within that first letter/character group), and not the next one on from a previous Menu session...