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My feature request is for the page navigation buttons that are on many of the different pages.

I would like to see, aside from the usual page buttons, a small input box and a "goto" button so that you can skip directly to a particular page.

For example on the Tags page, the page navigation buttons have:

[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] ... [353] [next]

I would love to see:

[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] ... [353] [next] [inputbox][goto]

That way the user can jump around the pages much quicker than only being able to skip ahead 2 pages at a time.

Edit - added:

Alternatively you could just have the [goto] button and then when it is clicked, have a small popup appear with the input area and another [goto] button, you can see an example of it here: http://www.diecast-pub.com/forums2/index.php?showtopic=44473, just goto the bottom and click on the button with [2 pages] on it to see the popup appear.

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Would still be quite useful on the SE 2.0 sites as well. –  jonsca May 15 '12 at 5:58

4 Answers 4

Real programmers edit the URL to go to specific pages. :)

Seriously though, this would be useful at times.

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Yes that is how I have been doing it too. :-) –  KPexEA Aug 4 '09 at 23:32
    
Also when you have to edit the url you have to know what to put (e.g. ?page=17) –  Dexter Aug 5 '09 at 0:30
    
I was doing this just today :) –  Jarrod Dixon Aug 5 '09 at 6:11
    
Yes, I do this too... be good to have a proper feature though –  thelionroars1337 Jun 29 '11 at 22:55
    
It's not easy to edit the URL on some mobile/touchscreen devices. –  Series8217 Feb 10 '12 at 18:31
    
This is not an answer. Like with questions, I expect an answer to involve some facts that go beyond "I agree" and help solve the problem presented. –  AGuyCalledGerald Aug 20 '12 at 12:34
    
@AGuyCalledGerald The first sentence does address the question. –  Anna Lear Aug 20 '12 at 16:02

Here's a GreaseMonkey script to do it (tested on tags, users, questions & question answers):

(function() {
    function GM_wait() {
    	if (typeof unsafeWindow.jQuery == 'undefined') { 
    		window.setTimeout(GM_wait,100); 
    	} else { 
    		$ = unsafeWindow.jQuery; letsJQuery(); 
    	}
    }
    GM_wait();
    function letsJQuery() {
    	var pageHref = $(".pager:first a:first").attr("href");
    	var $gotoBox = $("<input type='text' value='goto' />")
    		.css({ "margin": 0, "padding": "0 4px", "width": "35px", "color": "#CCC", "font-size": "130%"})
    		.appendTo($(".pager"))
    		.keypress(function(e) {
    			if (e.which == 13)
    				window.location = pageHref.replace(/page=[0-9]+/, "page=" + $(this).val());
    		})
    		.focus(function() { $(this).val('').css('color', '#808185'); })
    		.blur(function() { $(this).val('goto').css('color', '#CCC'); });
    }
})();

So, now next to the next link, there should be a [goto] text box. Just enter a number, hit enter & voila.

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It's hard to edit URLs on some touchscreen and mobile devices. A button generating a 'goto page #' prompt would be very useful.

Rather than having a new button (which could potentially clutter the interface), how about generating the 'goto page' prompt by clicking on the existing ellipsis (…)? I remember being able to do this on another site, which is what caused me to discover that I can't on SE.

Note: I originally had posted this as another question which was closed as a duplicate for this one.

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As Series8217 mentioned, text entry can be fiddly on touchscreen devices, so another alternative is to have 100-page jump buttons*.

When currently on page 1:

[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] … [101] … [5195] next

When currently on page 243 (who ever goes that deep?):

prev [1] … [143] … [241] [242] [243] [244] [245] … [343] … [5195] next


*Real programmers don't use touchscreens.

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* - You mean you don't browse SO while driving? Err... –  Series8217 Feb 10 '12 at 19:45
    
This is the best idea, but I wish the whole question had received more support. –  jonsca May 21 '12 at 8:59

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