The current search box takes up quite a bit of screen space and has limited functionalliry I will attempt to make the search box more prominent, whilst taking up less space and having usefull functionality. (see screenshot 1)
Remove the text input and reuse the url input. Achieves, reduction in screen space and clutter, usability improvement: the user is only given the choice of one input box, the box is large enough for a big query, the box is central to the window.
Increase the width of the button, and improve the icon. Achieves: increased visibility of the search button, usability improvement: people will be able to locate and click the search button, it's currently a pain, tiny and stuck in the farish right hand side.
Provide a drop down menu with avalable search options. example:
The Web (Yahoo)
Local files named..
Local files containing
Achieves, vastly improved functionality, the button is now useful for a number of tasks without descracting from it's function. Also imrpoves io-slave accessability, e.g. kio_locate could be intergrated.
Optionally selection a search option could give a list of more options (by date?), open a search dialogue, or replace the current view with a search view with pre-populated fields.
Optionally, the resouls could be opened in a new tab.
If I get enough positive feedback I will start work on implementing this idea in the next few days or so.