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[Bug 1420499] Re: [REGRESSION] navigating to submenus has become painfully difficult. Clicking doesn't help; requires extreme precision


A fix for bug #552920 is on the way. It should improve the situation for
top level submenus. Please also note that unity has not control over
submenus. Closing for unity. Thanks.

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

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

** Also affects: gtk (Ubuntu)
   Importance: Undecided
       Status: New

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  [REGRESSION] navigating to submenus has become painfully difficult.
  Clicking doesn't help; requires extreme precision

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Bug description:
  Steps to reproduce:

  case A:
  I want to access an item of a submenu of a menu of an application. That is, menu Foo->bar->something

  Case B:
  by right-clicking on something, I want to access an item of a submenu of the context menu, for example in Nautilus: right-click on a file -> open with -> someApplication

  So, I unfold the first level menu (of an application) or the context
  menu (by right-clicking), I move the mouse cursor onto the menu item
  so that the final submenu unfolds, and I CLICK on the submenu parent
  item (e.g. I click on "open with" from the context menu).

  EXPECTED (and how it used to work):
  By clicking on the item that unfolds the submenu (e.g. "open with"), as opposed to simply hovering over it, the submenu should remain open, even if you accidentally move the cursor out of the submenu's parent item before you reach the area in the desired submenu.

  OBSERVED (since recently):
  Clicking as you navigate through the hierarchy doesn't change the behavior. Whether you click or not, in order to reach the final submenu and the desired item within it, you have to carefully move the cursor in an almost perfectly horizontal direction to the right, without going the slightest bit out the area of the submenu's parent item. Otherwise, the submenu will disappear before you reach it.

  For example, if the final item in the submenu you want to reach is the
  third, it is very likely that, after hovering (and clicking) on the
  menu item that opens the final submenu, you will move in diagonal
  downwards-rightwards, and in this trajectory you'll exit the area of
  the menu item that unfolded the submenu, making the submenu disappear
  before you reach it.

  Usually, this happened only if you only moved the mouse through the
  menu items and submenus without clicking. But when you clicked on an
  item that would unfold a submenu, that submenu would remain more
  "sticky", allowing for more freedom of movement, and remaining open
  even if moving out of it (until you clicked somewhere else, and
  perhaps also when you moved far enough from it).

  So, if you were super-precise and/or slow enough in your movements, you could reach the desired item in the sub-sub-menu by simply moving the mouse without clicking, but if you wanted to reach it quickly and carelessly, you could just click on each item of the hierarchy you were traversing.
  Which is what I used to do, because I like to navigate through menus quicky and without having to train myself to move my hand with surgical precision.

  ProblemType: Bug
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 14.04
  Package: unity 7.2.3+14.04.20140826-0ubuntu1
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.13.0-44.73-generic 3.13.11-ckt12
  Uname: Linux 3.13.0-44-generic x86_64
  ApportVersion: 2.14.1-0ubuntu3.6
  Architecture: amd64
  CompizPlugins: No value set for `/apps/compiz-1/general/screen0/options/active_plugins'
  CurrentDesktop: Unity
  Date: Tue Feb 10 21:32:41 2015
  InstallationDate: Installed on 2013-10-11 (487 days ago)
  InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 13.04 "Raring Ringtail" - Release amd64 (20130424)
  SourcePackage: unity
  UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to trusty on 2014-05-24 (262 days ago)

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