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When using the sort tool - it's impossible to really develop much speed and muscle memory because you're always having to switch between keyboard and mouse.
Can we please add to the sort tool to make this a hyper-quick experience for the user?
I currently have the select tool selected want to add a sort after this to sort on 3 columns:
I hit ctrl-shift-f to go to the advanced find
Then type "sort"
Then I switch from keyboard to mouse, and drag this sort tool on to my canvas
I then want to start configuring this tool - so I need to then need to mouse across to the configuration box
hit the drop-down box with the mouse to get focus on that row in the sorter
type or mouse select the right field - this is especially painful if there are a lot of fields
then mouse again to get to the ascending / descending sort option
then repeat for all other fields
Proposed alternative path:
I want to add a sort tool immediately after the currently selected tool:
ctrl-alt-s (my user-defined shortcut for the short tool)
control-space to enter config mode which defaults to configuring sort order for first field
start typing the field-name - this does a look-ahead search like google.com does
when I find the field I want, hit tab and have the same experience with asc / desc
hit tab again, go to sort row 2 - repeat
NEVER have to touch the mouse
As we all know - when you develop muscle memory for an IDE - not only does this remove the barrier between thought and delivery - but it also makes it more sticky as a platform (you don't want to change products because you are used to the keyboard shortcuts on this one) - so not only would this improve user speed - it would also make sense from an economic perspective for retaining customers through stickiness.