Some applications do not actually put their name in the desktop file but they put a description instead, like "Web Browser" or "Image editor".
It would be usefull if the appfinder could also return results when the Exec field matches a research.
Created attachment 2442
The attached patch seems have the expected effect most of the times. Though, I found one item for which the filtering is not correct (typing xfrun4 does not show the item). Still, it works fine for all other applications I tested.
This is fixed in revision 30225:
* src/xfce-appfinder-window.c: Don't use startup notification for now.
As we use exo-open to launch desktop entries, people usually end up
with annoying waiting cursors and a lot of temporary exo-open items
in the taskbar. Add tooltips showing the categories and command for
each item in the tree view (original patch by Jérôme Guelfucci). Use
"launch" instead of "execute" in the GUI (patch by Jérôme Guelfucci,
fixes bug #4968). Add support for searching the Exec field of desktop
entries (original patch by Jérôme Guelfucci, fixes bug #4969).