Windows has a neat shortcut feature of allowing you to press "windows button" + "a number" to open a pinned program. Maybe bins could implement a sub-shortcut feature? like maybe holding "windows" + a number or letter corresponding to the bins group, then pressing another button corresponding to a program within that bins group. Or maybe some other shortcut feature.
Can you make each item in a bin be accessible by hotkey? I usually hotkey my first 10 items on the taskbar (Win+Number), but now that some of those are binned, I can access them by hotkey unless they are the primary bin item.
I know there was something written to this effect below and the developer said it wasn't quite in scope, but I think adding the Windows + Number key functions into the software would be helpful. Currently, when you hit Windows + Number, it will use the primary icon as the item to start. Can Bins possibly allow for a Win + Number / Number? So for example - if my first icon was both Chrome and Firefox, hitting Win + 1 then Win + 1 would start Chrome / Win +1 then Win +2 would start Firefox.
I frequently use hot keys to open the programs pinned to the taskbar, i.e. "windows button + 1" opens the first program. Currently this only opens the primary icon in a bin. How about adding an option so one could open the others with hot keys as well? For instance "windows + 1 + 2" opens icon 2 in bin 1...
Good news! This feature has been added to Bins for its next update. WinKey+# will now show the Bin for an application if it has one, and allow for chords (WinKey+#WinKey+# functionality should be uneffected.
Thanks for the quick update. Will you please let us know when the next planned release is? I'd love to use this if the hotkey stuff works better
Seriously, I just bought this at the recommendation of Scott Hanselmann and it's completely useless to me because I don't use the mouse often. It *really* needs to have shortcut key support..
Strongly agree with this one. Hotkeys are sorely lacking in Bins right now. (I'm reviewing it for a software website and this is one of its few shortcomings).
Ty T commented
Forgot to mention how it should work: Basically hitting Win+Num would pop up the bin window instead of starting the primary bin app. Then after the bin window comes up, you just enter the number corresponding to your desired apps location. So from left, they would be numbered 1,2,3, etc...
I saw someone mention grids though, so not sure how you do the numbering there. Maybe have it by default start from top left then horizontally across then down to the next row. Or have it user configurable.
Might be annoying to hit an extra key if you really want the primary bin app to be launched most of the time. So maybe have another key in conjunction with the Win key to launch the primary right away (Win+CTRL+Num or something).
I vote for this too. Suggested implementation:
* Hit Win+1: open first app in first bin.
* Hit a chord Win+1+1 (hold win then click 1 two times): open second app in first bin.