We have a fairly large application that has moved from the menu/toolbar motif to the ribbon motif. One piece still bothers me: We used to have a search bar in the toolbar/menu area packed at the far right, and it was always available. It served as a search bar like in the browsers. With the ribbon I am not sure of what to do with it.
If we put it on the Home tab it
- won't pack far right w/o a gallery (we don't use galleries)
- won't always be available.
If we put it in the Quick Action Toolbar it
- won't pack far right
- takes up a lot of QAT space, and interacts poorly with the context menus because of it's width.
If we put it below the ribbon there is nothing else for it to share horizontal space with.
Are there any other approaches I should be considering to allow for an always available search bar with a ribbon application?