If you select effects and presets and start typing you will get what you want. No need to place the cursor there, just select the panel.
Hey Rick. Thanks for helping.
If I activate this panel by left-mouse-click (clicking on the tap) and try to start typing, nothing happens.
If I bring the panel to front with a keyboard-shortcut (in my case CMD+2) and try to start typing, nothing happens neither.
What I'm doing wrong?
Btw. I'm using Adobe After Effects CC 12.1 on a Mac with OS X 10.9.4
Again. Thanks for helping me with that.
I was mistaken. Every time I go to that panel I click in the search field. I don't recall ever clicking in the panel first then the search field. It was not until I tried it buy clicking outside the search field that I discovered the problem.
It looks like there is no way to make it automatically focus when selecting the panel with a keyboard shortcut. Might be time for a feature request.
For most of my effects I add them in the ECP (Effects control Panel and then type the first letter of the category, right arrow, then the first letter of the effect. This works for me because I know where just about all of them are from experience. If I do have to search I simply click directly in the search field.
Good Day Rick.
hehe ok. No problem. What a shame that this isn't possible. Would increase the work-performance a lot.
I've also tried to find a workaround with Keyboard-Maestro for Mac OS X (Macro-Controls) but without luck.
Anyway. But btw. how can I request a feature-request?
Thanks for your help!
> how can I request a feature-request?
In After Effects, choose Help > Send Feedback.