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    Question Super button - quick search thing for xfce?

    I've no idea what is this function called, so let me write it around
    In Unity when you press the Super button (aka Windows button) a quick search pops up, in which you can search between your programs and can run them by pressing enter.
    Now, I would like to try XFCE desktop environment and I was wondering if there is a program or setting that would make this possible in XFCE.
    Also if you know the name of this function please let me know, as it quite hard to google on this with out the proper expression

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    Re: Super button - quick search thing for xfce?

    xfce has the Application Finder (its in the accessories menu). You can assign it the super key shortcut via Settings Manager->Keyboard->Application Shortcuts tab.

    The name of the executable is xfce4-appfinder

    Reference link: http://www.xfce.org/projects/xfce4-appfinder

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    Re: Super button - quick search thing for xfce?

    thanks Toz! now I can calmly install XFCE, with the knowledge that I'll have this. For me this is the only reason why I use Unity and not Ubuntu Classic, but thanks to you this shall change now!

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    Lightbulb Re: Super button - quick search thing for xfce?

    yup xfce is the cats meow. really like it.

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    Re: Super button - quick search thing for xfce?

    It's a pretty popular idea. Gnome 3 has it, Gnome 2 has something like it (Alt-F2), KDE has it, scrotwm has it, and then you should be able to hack a package that does this onto just about anything.
    Alt-F2 does work on XFCE (as I remember), so you might want to try that, too. It doesn't look for files, however.

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    Re: Super button - quick search thing for xfce?

    Quote Originally Posted by IWantFroyo View Post
    Alt-F2 does work on XFCE (as I remember), so you might want to try that, too. It doesn't look for files, however.
    It will in the next version (4.10). They are going to merge xfrun (Alt-F2) and the appfinder. See: http://wiki.xfce.org/design/appfinder

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    Re: Super button - quick search thing for xfce?

    Yep, I know about Alt+F2 and I use it when I know the exact name of the app. But I really miss this list of possible hits from Alt+F2. Appfinder for me is the perfect program to bind to Super-key.

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    Re: Super button - quick search thing for xfce?

    You could also use Synapse, since it uses Zeitgeist just like the Dash in Unity it should give the same results including recently used files which the App Finder will not. You cannot bind the super key through the preferences but the method indicated by Toz works. I believe it is no longer underdevelopment but works flawlessly for me.

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    Re: Super button - quick search thing for xfce?

    What makes you think it's not under development?
    https://launchpad.net/synapse-project/+series
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    Re: Super button - quick search thing for xfce?

    Thanks for sharing and please do not post in threads that have not had activity for a year or longer, since this is an old thread it has been closed.

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