Aug 23 2019 08:37 AM
Aug 23 2019 08:37 AM
The idea is very similar to what we have in some games. VSCode is similar, too, but not exactly what I mean here. Here's what I expect to have from the users' perspective:
The difference of VSCode is at that it offers this via Extensions, which I think is too much of a hassle. Like this, it's more streamlined, offering more of a ready-to-go experience.
For this magic to happen, in the background and from the developer perspective, these needs implementing:
Sensible defaults. Editable to personal preference. Extendable via extensions. Best of every-single-world. You will win the hearts of a bunch with this.
If the browser used for downloading is not one that is explored, then fall back to Edge or Chrome or something.
Aug 23 2019 10:28 AM
Aug 23 2019 11:38 AM
@HotCakeX well, of course, let me elaborate with some examples (on Windows 10):
While a browser is not a game, it surely is a productivity software. Productivity software are adopted by users, if they fit into their workflow and provide more benefit than hassle.
Having to re-learn stuff is detrimental, and will be an inconvenience for any user (I'm looking at the InPrivate window example), let alone a power-user. This suggestion is to eliminate that frustration and replace it with a "warm welcome", echoing myself.
Aug 23 2019 11:56 AM
Aug 24 2019 01:08 PM
@HotCakeX I see you are a mouse-user. I can empathize with that. There are users out there that prefer to use a mouse less and less. Could you perhaps also try to empathize with them? In exchange, for the very least?
Reducing arm movement is markedly more time-efficient, more ergonomic, and is something very common among avid typists/programmers. It may not worth the time for some others, but then some of us go through all the trouble of climbing the steep learning curve of, say, Vim or Emacs. And it really helps. I first learned to touch-type and use Vim because my wrists started to hurt, indicating a carpal tunnel syndrome.
Now, this is my honest suggestion, and also a kind request. Please also be kind, and not dismiss it with harsh words, just for not being your personal primary concern.
I honestly, sincerely, absolutely do suffer in not being able to duplicate my currently active tab via my keyboard. The best I can do with the keyboard is: CTRL + L -> CTRL + C -> CTRL + T -> CTRL + P -> Enter. That doesn't fit the bill, either, because it doesn't copy the tab's history, just opens the same page on a new tab. Duplication allows you to go back in the duplicated tab, which is something I commonly use the duplication for in the first place.
Again @HotCakeX, For the sake of not leaving a misjudgment uncorrected, what I personally am asking for is actually to be able to have the Old Edge shortcuts on the New Edge, not a favor for other browser vendors. As the New Edge currently is, it is inheriting the keyboard shortcuts of Chrome/Chromium, putting an Old Edge user like me in contempt. I was merely being kind and innovative by converting and offering this suggestion not just for my personal selfish needs, but something good for all.
I unfortunately have felt an air of hostility in this place... Sad, especially when I was trying to improve something I cared for.
Aug 24 2019 01:21 PM
Aug 24 2019 01:58 PM
@HotCakeX I am having trouble with not having a shortcut key-combination for duplicating my active tab on this New Edge, to the extent that I have gone through the trouble of creating this discussion with thorough examples, motivation, its potential benefits and everything. The experience in this particular aspect is lacking, compared to what was available in the Old Edge.
Wondering my use case? Nowadays, I'm looking up a lot of English words from Bing.com. I want to keep an open tab for the words I've looked up for a review afterwards. A new tab, and e.g. "astute mean" brings me to the definition of that word. "Do it again" you might say, but you would be totally missing the point. I want to do it with less keystrokes and perhaps also the way I'm used to for god's sake... CTRL + K for a duplicate of my tab, where the Bing.com's dictionary mode is already active. On that mode, with just one TAB key, I get immediately to the dictionary's input box. Type my next word, "rudimentary" and ENTER, and so on...
A lot of pages with a search box, allow you to access that search box as the first thing as you press the TAB key. Wikipedia is one another example.
Hell, I just realized that the New Edge is also missing one thing that I have been using CONSTANTLY. CTRL + SHIFT + N to detach the current tab from the window, into a new window. Extremely useful, if you want to have two pages in your view. CTRL + SHIFT + N to detach, WINDOWS + LEFT to snap it to left, ENTER to select the left-behind window which will get snapped to right.
I can understand that a prejudiced mouse-frequenter can have a hard time understanding the utility of the particular benefit of keyboard-only navigability. However, everybody should be able to relate with being to do things the way you're accustomed to.
Aug 24 2019 02:13 PM - edited Aug 25 2019 12:19 AM
Duplicating an active tab is not a common thing. let's agree on that.
There are however 2 actions that once you combine together can act like a shortcut.
Try Alt + D to catch the URL from address bar and press Alt + Enter to paste it on a new tab.
so hold Alt and then press " D + Enter " (while still holding Alt) that can be a duplicate shortcut.
Also there are many extensions for these rare occasions.
for your special use case i recommend bookmarking that Bing website so it takes just a click (Middle Mouse button) to open it on a new tab which you can call it a duplicate of your active tab.
You are calling me names but none of them is true. again it's not my fault that websites on the internet Need mouse for interactions. browser interactions are Very small compared to interactions users have with the actual websites.
for example during your a 1 hour usage time of an internet browser, a user decides to remove tabs from the group and snap them to the sides. alright they can do it by drag and dropping it to the sides. takes 0.5 seconds. that's how Windows GUI is built for after all.
if Microsoft implement every user's shortcut request into this new browser which is rather light weight for now to compete with Chrome, then it would become a bloated browser that nobody wants. users already have a bad view towards Microsoft browsers, Internet explorer or EdgeHTML is called google chrome downloader by some people and so on. so they gotta be careful not to mess it up again. we all want the best for the future of Edge.
by the way I use keyboards only when dealing with Windows server core and other GUI-less stuff so i love both keyboard and mouse.
Aug 24 2019 02:20 PM - edited Aug 26 2019 02:50 PM
Your posts have been full of hate, in my opinion. Thank you for ruining this place for me. Best wishes for your life, despite this discourse we had has been unpleasant to me.
Edit: Added the parts that are in italics. Sorry for being brief previously.
Aug 24 2019 02:22 PM
Aug 24 2019 02:29 PM - edited Aug 24 2019 02:32 PM
Please let's keep it civil and friendly.
it was just a simple debate and normal conversation between 2 people with Different views and all i did was to provide technical reasons against it. it's ok to tell the both sides of the story.
I didn't know I'm not supposed to express my views. must be a new forum rule that i missed hm.
Aug 24 2019 02:35 PM
@HotCakeX Lack of compassion, is hate. That is exactly what you are doing. Putting me and my troubles in disdain and negligence.
Believe it or not, I just had to use the Duplication feature once again. Vocabulary.com, for some reason, does not allow me to open links in new tabs via a CTRL + CLICK, or a RIGHT CLICK and then the context menu item. I could, however, duplicate the tab, unfortunately having to move my pointer all the way to the top of my browser, RIGHT CLICK and then the context menu item, then move the pointer back to the link I wanted to choose, then CLICK.
Believe it or not, you have made me sad when you didn't empathize with my troubles, and went ahead with your comments of indifference against them.
I kindly ask you back to be civil and friendly.
Aug 24 2019 10:09 PM
I apologize for the bad experience you have had here. Please, continue to contribute to & gain insights from the Forum.
Now, to answer your duplication shortcut query. There are K/B shortcuts for SO many functions including this. This sequence will Duplicate tab - Alt+D (hold the Alt key down) & Alt+Enter
Aug 24 2019 11:53 PM - edited Aug 25 2019 12:23 AM
First of all that's rude to call people hateful, you said it first and I ignored it and you said it again now. please watch your language. I've been being polite so far.
once again i'm telling you, there are people with difference views in the world, Nothing I did was wrong or unfriendly. it's not even about that, we are talking about Tech, there is Nothing personal here.
To duplicate tabs, Simply right click on the tab and select duplicate. that's it.
there is not a 2 key shortcut for the keyboard equivalent but you can combine 2 things to form a 3 key shortcut for tab duplication. again as i said you can use this:
hold Alt and then press " D + Enter " (while still holding Alt) that can be a duplicate shortcut.
there are still extensions to help you do it with 2 key shortcuts, extensions are here to help with rare cases, missing features etc that are not commonly used by everyone, that's why they're dropped from the browser.
Think of it as Windows OS. it has some built in features that are used by everyone, but what if someone wants an extra feature? someone has a very specific need and function? for that there are Billions of software that user can install.
Aug 25 2019 12:05 AM
To repeat: The K/B shortcut, that already exists, for Duplicate tab is Alt+D-&-Alt+Enter
Aug 25 2019 12:33 AM
So the topic was about something else but ended up asking for duplication shortcut,
to sum it up there are 3 ways you can do it:
1. with mouse: right-click on tab and select duplicate.
2. with keyboard: Hold Alt down while doing it press D + Enter key. first action catches the URL and the other pastes it into a new tab.
3. if 3 key shortcut doesn't work out for you then use extensions.
made it colorful as a friendly gesture ;)
Aug 25 2019 01:21 AM
@Drew1903 This does not duplicate the currently open tab, it re-opens the same address on a new tab. Couple of nuances to indicate the difference:
To me, losing the history is the foremost drawback of this workaround.
You may try these while replying to this post and see them for yourself:
Thank you for your help @Drew1903! I indeed did not know that you could open the same address on a new tab using ALT + ENTER while the address bar is selected. That might come in handy.
Aug 25 2019 01:37 AM
Aug 25 2019 02:26 AM
You're welcome. I'm with you on the limitations this has, but, as you say has potential to be handy, still.
You may already know that holding down the back button shows/gives History.
Aug 25 2019 03:08 AM
@Drew1903 Thank you for your compassion and tips. I hope these missing shortcuts gets addressed sooner or later, but hopefully before the full release.
I reflected on my own concern, and tried my best to come up with the most streamlined solution I can think of. Pity that the solution itself has never been discussed; whether it's as smooth and transparent to the uninitiated end-users as I hoped, and if there exists any oversights in the plan. I thought it would be welcoming, hence appealing and captivating the users that will try using the New Edge once it is released. That will be the key to success to any new browser, anyway.
Of course, from the sole selfish perspective, I'm just OK with having just about any, true shortcut for the functions that had one on the Old Edge; i.e. Duplicate tab, Move to new window.
Thank you again for being friendly, but I suppose I will just hold myself from offering any other suggestions that may come up to my mind, after this experience I had and keep having.