OK, I posted about this - gosh, 10 years ago in 2007. I was unable to get others or at least the developer to either see it my way or to have explained it well enough, not sure which.
As I again try and make HoudahSpot the central point of my organization, I will try again. I have some rather severe challenges to organization. It is not a preference but a necessity that I set things up so that I can easily find them again. To that end I am finding it very useful to save searches in HoudahSpot and mark their titles clearly. HoudahSpot is also excellent at finding things I cannot find in any other way. Please, notice that what I am asking for here is a different implementation of a secondary but a very important use of HoudahSpot.
Use 1: HoudahSpot is a very powerful and a very flexible finding tool. As such, in this mode, it makes sense to have several tabs open for different searches at the same time. I am not suggesting that this is a problem.
Use 2: HoudahSpot is a very powerful organizational tool. As such, in this mode, it makes sense to have only one tab open at a time so that any new search will take over the tab from the window (tab) which was already showing results from the previous search.
Possible solutions: Set a preference so that when a search is clicked in the far left panel only (templates), the clicked search triggers the single window behavior. Set the preference to do this or to not do this depending on each users preference. Leave everything else as it is.
I still use HoudahSpot in both ways as I just described, Use 1 and Use 2. I am not arguing here that multiple search result windows (tabs) are a bad idea. However, I am trying to make others aware that there is a secondary use of HoudahSpot that is also very powerful, that of saving your searches and organizing your information so that you don't have to build a new search every time you want to find something.
I find this especially useful for tracking the progress for the many projects I am involved with.
Yes, clicking on a saved search goes to a fresh tab with the results of that search. But the way I am using it is to go from project to project to keep up with my progress on each one. Before too long I have a dozen or more tabs open. It is just too much and really, unnecessary. I have so many tabs that it makes little sense to try and find the tab with the search I was working on 10 minutes ago. It is much easier to just click on the search again. And, I get more tabs - again.
I find myself doing command-w a lot to kill off the extra tabs.
I realize that others may not agree with my desire to have this option available but I hope that I have at least outlined my reasoning for this request well enough?
Thanks for the hearing of the idea.
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