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Allow multiple instances of "Search Results" window

Status: New

It would be great to be able to have multiple "Search Results" windows open at the same time. 

 

A few typical use cases:

  • Some searches can take a LONG time, especially where dynamic dispatch is involved. It is always painful to have to close a big search just to do a small one.
  • Sometimes I need to search through instances of two or more distinct items for comparison purposes. 
  • Searching is a handy way to navigate. Leaving a search window open is like keeping a bookmark to a useful part of the code.

search.png

 

The only issue I see is that keyboard shortcuts (e.g. "Ctrl + G") would need to be restricted to only one of the windows. It seems reasonable that keyboard navigation could simply apply to the topmost search results window.

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Chris Virgona
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Another handy addition would be to return to a previous search. I don't know how many times I have searched for something like an open file to find someone built it into a wrapper. Now I have to search for all instances of that wrapper. But - I still have to search for all of the open file operations.

 

Multiple searches would allow this as well as a return to previous search.

Trusted Enthusiast
Trusted Enthusiast

Another option, borrowed from modern browsers, would be to have all the searches presented as tabs of a single window (leaving the user the choice to "detach" a particular tab and make it a sandalone window).

Proven Zealot

Yes, tabs would suit my needs better.

 

As mentioned in this exact duplicate post: Allow-multiple-search-result-windows-simultaneously.

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Member

I think it's a very interesting idea. I just wanted to add that I find it interesting to be able to execute the searches in the background.
When a search is being executed, the window changes to modal mode, impeding work with the project until it finishes.