Is there a plug-in to change the default behavior of the cat's drop down in the admin dashboard so that I can type-in the name of a category and the results are filtered down to those starting with the one that I typed for.
At that point, I can just touch the checkbox and select it. To add a new cat, I just clear what I had typed, and original view gets reset back giving me another fresh slate - Kind of like a type-ahead functionality that we see on some sites.
Sure when you use WordPress as a simple blog, the category selection issue I'm talking about here is not applicable. But when you are using WP as a full blown CMS to manage a highly hierarchical web site, good luck with the built in drop down! Get yourself a high end mouse!
Categories equate to "mouse" in my opinion and tags to "keyboard". You find your self doing lots of scrolling and clicking with your mouse when you do cat selections and in contract, when you do tags, you do not need a mouse.
As an average joe. I want to minimize "mouse" usage. I get things much faster when I stick to keyboard.
Any improvement in this area you can suggest is greatly appreciated.