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Quickly add a tool at mouse position via search popup

To help in adding tools quickly it would be useful to have some form of quick keys or maybe somewhat a combination (enhancement) of search bar / right-click. 


So here's the pic and a 1,000 words




And here's the blurb

The idea being that hitting a key whilst mouse is over the canvas would display the search bar at the mouse cursor position. Once you've selected the tool you want it hitting return[+shift] adds it to the canvas either:

  • In a dragged (mouse down) state to help for final position and automated connections and then a final left-click to add to canvas or,
  • Just add it at that position.

This would also speed up adding tools as you could include things like 'Recent' or 'Favorites'. I grant you that you could just incorporate this into the search dialog but save you a bit of eye movement. Don't get me wrong the search bar is great but it's the lots of drag-drop that can slow things down a bit. 

9 - Comet

@brandowd, I love this idea. Can I upvote more than once? 😁


I try to use the 'right-click>insert tool>find tool>click' option, but I always find it so difficult to find the correct tool. (Are they in the wrong order on purpose?)  


Would definitely use your 'search' function. 

17 - Castor
17 - Castor

This would be amazing!!! 

12 - Quasar
12 - Quasar

If that happens, I'll start building the majority of my workflows with that instead of the traditional tool palette and search bar!

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