Flexibal Floating Toolbars with fixed shortcuts
The one thing that harms my productivity and, honestly, my patience / endurance is the way functions are located in different ribbons. Especially if I want to fix formatting, or just format the document on-the-fly while I am writing, my flow is disturbed by the need to open (click) on a ribbon to make a certain function available.
For example, i edit text, change the style and require to fix fast the the horizontal and vertical alignment of the content of the current cell. Back to the first ribbon to change the style of the just written line to a header. right click on paragraph to change follow rules for text written after the header. Click on Ribbon to add reference (e.g. Endnote). etc.
Half of the clicks needed of the above example are wasted on navigating the content of the ribbons.
Here, I ask to introduce a floating toolbar that is always in front of the Window if Word is active.
- Drag & drop of functions (and individual styles, colours, etc.) from the ribbons into the floating toolbar
- every toolbar position has a fixed keyboard shortcut. So the shortcut depends on the position the functions was dropped at, something like "Ctrl+Space+[A-Z]" (maybe only letters that are easily accessible with the index fingers while having thumb.pinky on ctrl and space, such as ERFGVB and YUHJNM)
- the floating toolbar should be changeable in width and height.
- it should be able to position the floating toolbar freely
- word should remember the floating toolbar based on the word document
- either empty floating toolbar or floating toolbar of the last document opened, if the new document does not has a floating toolbar saved
This would highly improve productivity and allows people to be focus on the content / text, and minimises the need to learn all available shortcuts, or the time wasted on navigating the ribbons.
There is the Quick Access Toolbar that lets you move controls from the Ribbon to a persistent location for easy access. You can move controls to it by right clicking on any button in the Ribbon and selecting the relevant option to manipulate the Quick Access Toolbar.
It doesn’t address all of your requirements, but it comes close.
- It’s not floating, but you can move it to show above the Ribbon (in the title bar) or below the Ribbon
- No drag & drop customization, use the right click menu (or go to the ribbon customization dialog) to modify the toolbar’s content
- The controls in the toolbar do get position-based shortcuts, in the form of Alt + [1-9]
- I believe it is possible to define the contents of the toolbar on a per-document basis, but I think that’s a more advanced set of steps to modify the Ribbon customization data of a specific document