Bumping this again just to make sure it's a dead end as of right now.It could be me, but to me it's not clear what it is you are 'bumping' exactly.
I am guessing it is not your full start post, since it looks like a couple of things you asked there have been clarified, and I believe you put some of that to use.
So it might be good to explain the exact thing you are trying to accomplish now.
Not everybody will be (willing to) read the full thread and try to understand where you are at now.
If the exact terminology is a bit difficult, perhaps some screenshots?
While some ideas have been tossed around, so far they didn't end up being applicable for my use case.
The issue is still the same: perform all search and play functions within a playlist instead of globally, i.e. do not create a queue of search results upon playing a song from the search results window. Instead, jump to particular search result in playlist and continue playlist from that point. Essentially single playlist mode, bypassing the "playing tracks" idea.
The proposed approach of using the "now playing" section instead of playlist view doesn't seem to be applicable as the global search function doesn't seem to be doing anything here, and local search within the now playing portion simply changes the location of the selection to the first matching result instead of presenting a filtered list, like the global search. Moreover, it seems that there is no hotkey to jump to the currently playing track in the now playing section - only in the playing tracks section (which I would ideally bypass entirely) or the playlist.
I'm currently bored at work so here is a step by step visualisation of the situation with a few screenshots for good measure. I have decided to use links so as to not clutter up the page.
1. Initial state of player.
I keep all of my music in one master playlist, as I want it to be arranged in a particular order.
Let's say I want to listen to the song Stupid Girl by Garbage.
2. Search results.
I play the song by double clicking (or pressing Enter). Since I found the song I wanted to listen to, I exit the search results. However, when the song finishes, a problem arises.
3. The crux of the matter.
Instead of continuing the playlist with the song Dog New Tricks, the player skips to the next search result instead, which is Girl Don't Come. If no other search results are found, the player simply stops.
This is the issue. I would like to be able to tell MusicBee to not create a queue out of search results and simply jump to the track I was searching for within a particular node (playlist) and continue playing from there - similar to the functionality in other players. This is only possible if I play the song again (by double clicking or pressing Enter) after exiting the search results and using a hotkey to go to the playing track within the playlist, which is an annoyance.
4. Playing directly from playlist.
If the song is played directly from the playlist, the search queue is gone and the player correctly moves to the next track.
Hopefully this clears things up. Let me know if further explanation is needed still.