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Help us create a better address bar experience

  • the draft looks great 🙂

  • Your idea is good if only it will be possible to disable these shortcuts in settings. With the URL there are other things to improve. 1) When I'm typing, it prompts random previous pages from history even though in history there are exact web pages' titles and addresses which are more relevant. 2) Maybe it would be better to list more results from history and google prompts or allow us to set limit of number of lines. 3) I'd love to see better prompts from google. At the moment google prompts whole passphrases even though many often times I want to enter single word. So prompting one word at a time (the first words of a whole google prompt) would be some relief when searching.

  • @kamil7165 said in Help us create a better address bar experience:

    When I'm typing

    You're talking about the address bar dropdown, I guess. Enhanced address bar and address bar dropdown are two different things. Dropdown appears when you type, enhanced address bar appears (optionally) when you click on the address field.

    1. Search engine selection
    2. Search in page
  • I also think that the green padlock was way better as you could quickly check if given page is secure (I know that in fact that's simplification but still way better). And the protocol prefix (like http/https) displaying was also nice.

  • @kamil7165 Many browsers are stop using the green padlock icon to avoid giving an unreal sensation of total security.

  • @mahotilo: Your first idea is good, but for 2nd one, you can use [ctr]+[f] to search in page.

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  • @gik-team: It's being worked on, we're resolving problems with video playback on content-protected steaming sites.

  • @taroj1205 I can also use the search engine shortcut in the query string. But we are talking about how to make our life easier.

  • @avl Thank you!

  • As long as it is customizable, I don't want to risk seeing Alibaba, Booking, Facebook or Amazon every time I click at the address bar. The mockup looks good!
    I really miss keyboard short cuts (such as ctrl+1 for the first tab) and that I have to use the mouse more nowadays.

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  • @mahotilo But isn't [ctr]+[f] easier?

  • @taroj1205 What about touchscreen display?

  • @mahotilo You can buy a keyboard.

  • Allow some bookmarks to be placed there?
    I've wanted auto-hide bookmarks bar for a while. It saves the extra click or mouse gesture to open a new tab - besides, the speed dial can get too crowded. You can also use JavaScript shortcuts from the bookmarks bar, unlike from the speed dial.
    If you add bookmarks to the address bar (bookmark bar style) then it solves both matters.

    Or allowing to select search engine from a scrollable list - having to remember every unique keyword to trigger the engine can get bothersome.

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  • As was suggested earlier (here is September's post https://forums.opera.com/post/225261) you could add all the Opera tools shortcuts from the sidebar (not so good that it will duplicate sidebar but it will be useful for those users who don't like the always visible sidebar) and place them horizontally on the bottom of the BABE popup (+ quick buttons on top, of course). If using only icons for Opera tools like on the sidebar (without titles), there will be quite a lot of space for the user defined shortcuts. Also, as described in the suggestion above (see link) there should be a separate section on the browser Setting page where the BABE pane will have customizable portions.
    *Quick actions buttons have a high priority for me because, as I already mentioned above, it directly refers to the currently opened page/address.
    Other shortcuts are not so important but maybe can be useful too.
    I'm also confident that shortcuts must be user defined (in BABE's settiings) to exclude future request. You can even add a poll in the blog and get some most frequently used options/features now. But maybe you will add the same poll again (2 months later for example) and you will get different results. And the second reason (why shortcuts must be user defined) is that not too much users here in the blog (why.. I remember there were a lot of users and comments previously in the blog. Now maybe half of that or even less. Maybe worse commenting system is guilty or poor feedback and ignoring, maybe Edge/Vivaldi is guilty) and our opinions can reflect not the real picture of other users wishes

  • @oskarwik: ctrl+1 still working for me (Opera dev/Ubuntu). Maybe the shortcut is disabled in your settings?