The super-mega-expando search box is still annoying:
- The expansion obeys crazy complicated rules. The box expands when you type in it (but not always: apparently inserting text always expands, removing text never does, and pasting usually does but occasionally doesn't). It contracts when you unfocus it (even if you switch to another application, which is a bug in itself). I dont like the size change in any case, but at least it would be easier to get used to it if the behavior made sense.
- The box moves to the left, it doesn't just expand. When you're writing in a left-to-right language, this is extremely jarring, because the text moves in the direction that I'm tracking precisely. I have my attention focused on the place where I'm typing, ready to move slowly from left to right, and suddenly I need to jump left. And jump right if I unfocus the search box.
- There is an animation when the box move. That's useless, my attention is already on that box. That animation is 100% annoying, 0% helpful.
I do like the larger search box, however. I just don't want it to believe it's an accordion.
There are two simple ways of enlarging the search box without all this rigmarole:
Use that empty space on the left!
Move the search box to the left of the menu
(No image because I'd have to actually draw something.)
If the search box was on the left of the menu items instead of being on the right, it could quietly grow on the right. Most of the problems with the super-mega-expando are related to its moving; if the box grew to the right, it could expand without moving.
Please move the search box leftward, either swapping it with the menu or shifting the whole shebang leftward.