ch_123 wrote:1) Is there some way to make the search function on the menu more precise? I usually use the search function in Gnome Shell (as well as the ones in Windows 7 and OS X for the matter) as a quick way of starting an application using only the keyboard. To give an example - under Gnome Shell I can open the terminal by hitting Win-t-e-r-Return (I think even 't-e' may be sufficient). In Cinnamon, 't-e-r' brings up Caribou as the first result, and terminal is at the bottom. 't-e-r-m' brings up "Root Terminal", at which point I have to press the down arrow to select Terminal. I appreciate there was probably a design decision to make the search results more general, it makes the search process slower.
Not sure what you're asking here, how would the search function know that you want "Terminal" and not "Root terminal" or any other application filtered with t-e-r? On my machine the application search in Cinnamon and Gnome Shell are identical, brings up the same results in the same order (haven't investigated it methodically but at least I don't notice any difference between the two). If there is a difference it is in how Gnome Shell remembers your searches and puts search "favoruites" on top where the mint menu doesn't remember and filter search terms by search history.
The quickest way to open the terminal is Ctrl+alt+t by the way
ch_123 wrote:2) I noticed on screenshots from older versions of Cinnamon that the Gnome Shell overlay was still available, but in newer versions, it only displays the windows open on the current desktop. Is there any way to re-enable more features on the overlay?
Cinnamon (current git version, not 1.3.1) now has a separate workspace expo overlay conjured up with Ctrl+alt+up. I don't know why Cinnamon has two separate overlays, one showing windows in current workspace and one showing all workspaces - Gnome Shell's combining the two seems a better idea and easier to use (but maybe not for the average minter, I've found out I have little in common with the average minter!)
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