I'm not sure whether this is better handled as a "core" issue or as a "plugin" issue (or, for that matter, if it's already a feature somewhere). Either would work, I suppose, if it's not already supported?
But, as someone constantly flipping back & forth between live view & admin view, I'd REALLY like better access to all parts of the Admin backend from the Admin Bar while in live view.
I'm not a programmer and don't know PHP, or I'd take a crack at it.
Basically, I'd like it if while in live view, rather than having to console myself with the ability to "Add New" a bunch of things or flip over to one of the "Appearance" sub-menu items, I could access all the major areas on the left sidebar menu of the Admin page from a drop-down menu or two on the Admin Bar. As it is, I find myself having to first go to out of the way to an intermediate page way-point like Dashboard and then go searching for the area I want.
I rather just have direct access to the main Admin areas with a set of mouse hovers and a single click. I feel like it would save a lot of time.
Is this something supported by default?
If not is there a plugin for it? If so, I'm not sure I know the right keywords to use for the left side menu items to find it?
It feels like there should probably be three extra menus. One for "Content Things" (Posts, Pages, Links, Media, etc.), one for "Admin Things" (Appearance, Tools, Users Plugins, Settings) and one for "Other Things" (the stuff some plugins add below Settings rather than to Settings). And maybe each top-level menu items should have a single child-menu with the appropriate options for that "area" or "other thing".
That way, if I'm on the live site and decide I need to go tweak my Smart YouTube PRO plugin's Colorbox settings, I can just hover over Other Things Things --> Smart YouTube --> Colorbox, click. I'm right where I need to be. Rather than having to first detour through the dashboard, then search the sidebar for the right area and sub-area. This way, a couple hovers, a click & you're there.
Thoughts? Is this supported already? Or is there a known, somewhat mature, plugin for it? Pretty sure it wold be handy! ^_^ For me if nobody else. But, I'm pretty sure others would find it handy for back-pedaling from the live preview to whatever Admin task they need to get done, without lots of extraneous clicking around.