Dash - No indication what happens when you press enter

Bug #975950 reported by Michal Predotka on 2012-04-07
This bug affects 15 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Currently there's no hint what happen after pressing Enter in Dash. IMHO it'll be nice to highlight an icon of the application (or file) which is focused and which will start (open) after hitting Enter.
Look at the attached screenshot. I'm not sure what will happen after pressing Enter now:
- will it start Beneath A Steel Sky?
- will it open next 48 results?
- will nothing change?

Michal Predotka (mpredotka) wrote :
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
summary: - It's not obvious what will happen if I hit Enter after typing something
- in Dash
+ Dash - No indication what happens when you press enter
Changed in ayatana-design:
status: New → Confirmed


It should both be obvious that an item is focused (and will get the
Enter) and there should be an immediate visual feedback appropriate to
the nature of the thing being activated.


Changed in unity:
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Incomplete
Ondřej Mikuláš (ondraxxxx) wrote :

Completely agreed, ussually, Enter launches top left corner icon, whatever category it is.
However, if the search is still running, the order may change and the user has no clue what will happen.

The icon that will get the Enter (probably the top left one) should be clearly highlighted.
There is no icon highlighted until the user selects one using arrow keys or mouse which makes it impossible to say what will happen on Enter.

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