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[Bug 1030064] Re: unity launcher does not display name of mounted mediums without putting the mouse on every single icon


** Changed in: unity
       Status: Incomplete => Opinion

** Changed in: ayatana-design
       Status: New => Opinion

** Changed in: unity (Ubuntu)
       Status: Incomplete => Opinion

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  unity launcher does not display name of mounted mediums without
  putting the mouse on every single icon

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Bug description:
  If you have many (different) devices (device is used substitutional for both: physical devices and partitions) mounted it can be very inconvenient to see a bunch of icons all looking the same and don't giving you information about the mounted device without holding the mouse cursor over the icon.
  Especially for keyboard navigation it takes much time to figure out which device the target device is.
  For mouse navigation the current behavior is  not as inconvenient as for the keyboard method, but you still have to check every icon with the cursor after the wanted device, which takes more time to navigate than seeing the target device immediately.
  So in terms of usability the best option would be if you see the name of the device somewhere at the depending icon and display  more information (for instance mount point etc.) about the device when the mouse is hovering over the icon.

  If this is unwanted behavior in terms of design, then at least it would be great if the name of the device would automatically pop up (for example in the same place it pops up with the mouse cursor) in the keyboard navigation mode (for instance when the icon is selected
  (this idea could also be adopted for the normal apps displayed in the launcher!)).

  But in terms of design I have to add, it is more aesthetic to see the
  icon and the depending name of a device instead of only showing an
  icon, because this doesn't look very good if you have mounted many
  external hard drives with many partitions on them and the launcher
  displays 10 icons all looking the same.

  To conclude the best option would be, if the name of the device automatically pops up if the cursor enters the area of mounted devices, meaning, if the cursor is on one icon of a mounted medium, the names of the other mounted mediums should also show up, same for keyboard mode. A progress bar for free space would also be nice for both, information and design.

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