I am currently designing a software which has a search bar placed in the navigation menu. The search bar includes drop down list with types of entries(users, users number, reports), input field and search button.
It is important to have the drop down, since the software will be used in a really low bandwidth connection and will search through a huge data base.
In the desktop version of the application the search bar is fully visible, but for lower resolution the search bar will have to be hidden to save space for the menu (which can consist up to 10 links). Instead a button which will animate in the search bar will be placed.
One of the issues is that the dropdown ads an addition step to the search workflow. So instead of clicking the search icon and directly typing, the user will have to choose a type. Another issue is that the user may miss the dropdown and not understand he hasn't conducted the correct type search.
Have you encountered something like this before? Can you share your experience on whether the drop down will have a crucial effect?
Thanks in advance