Reluctant to add to this debate, but as the same questions are still being asked...
unfortunately i can't use a hotkey and i would like to be able to use the mouse.
There is currently nothing preventing you from using a mouse. You're literally now complaining about how many milliseconds it takes, demonstrating a level of OCD which no amount of interface tinkering is going to address.
can you provide a logic argument or you won't change just because you are the boss and that's how it must be because doh, you are in the first place designing it fit to your own like?
I'm not Steven either, but you've already provided the logical reason yourself:play more/ list/ send to / rating - they all MAKE SENSE to be under a submenu, but search does not!
It does make sense for related functions to be grouped together in a sub-menu, and - personal prejudice notwithstanding - there's no reason that shouldn't include search functions. If some search commands were on the top level of the context menu in previous versions of Musicbee I'd assume it's because there were only one or two and they were moved when enough search functions were added to warrant their own menu. That's proper UI design used in every program, not something done only in MusicBee on a whim.
If you're still not convinced, this is from Apple's Human Interface Guidelines
and I can assure you they've spent a lot more time and money studying this stuff than you, me, Steven or anyone else on this forum:
Look for opportunities to consolidate related menu items
. If a menu repeats a term more than twice, consider dedicating a separate menu (or submenu) to the term. For example, if you need commands like Show Info, Show Colors, Show Layers, Show Toolbox, and so on, you could create a Show menu or a Show item that includes a submenu.In general, avoid creating very long menus.
Long menus are difficult for users to scan and can be overwhelming. If you find that there are too many items in a single menu, try redistributing them; you might find that some of the items fit more naturally in other menus or that you need to create a new menu. You can also consider creating submenus for some related sets of items, but this isn’t appropriate in all cases.
*and* two hero moderators downvoted and hero moderators weight more than simple users votes?
There's no such thing as a hero moderator. A handful of long-time forum members were made moderators solely to delete spam posts: http://getmusicbee.com/forum/index.php?topic=7636.0
It doesn't add any extra credibility or weight to any suggestions or comments and it's churlish to suggest otherwise.