Permanently Visible Lightroom Text Search Bar (or keystroke?)

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Lightroom has to be just about the only "manager" app I have used in the past several years that doesn't have an always-visible search option. The closest one is hidden under "Library Filter: Text". If you're in the develop module, it might be a 4+ click process just to get there, and thats using shortcuts AND mouse clicks. And assuming its set to global "keep search settings"

Develop Module
> Grid (G)
> Show Filters (\)
> Disable Current Filters (Cmd-L)
> Click Text (No Shortcut)
> Click Unfocused Text Box (No Shortcut)

Ideally I would like to have an always visible "search all photos" box, that searches all text. From cities to keywords. With a down arrow on the left allowing you to (same as text search) narrow down to specifics, such as exif, keywords, city, folders.

I want to be able to run the app, and instantly use one click... to start searching names, places, cameras, lenses.. etc.   As with any other program, this would be easily best found on the top right, Above the Histogram. Or Above/Below the Navigator on the left. Or anywhere I can have a search shortcut keystroke. Please.

In addition.. :::::: OR Secondary Suggestion ::::: A keystroke that instantly switches modules and directs you to the now-focused text search in its existing location. I currently cannot see how to do this myself with macOS shortcuts, as it doesn't appear anywhere in the menu.
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John R. Ellis, Champion

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"I want to be able to run the app, and instantly use one click... to start searching names, places, cameras, lenses.. etc."

You can get to text search in one keystroke by doing Library > Find (Cmd + F Mac, Ctrl + F Windows).  This opens the text filter search box and places the cursor in the search field.   

I generally keep the options Any Searchable Field / Contains All selected in the text filter box.

If you're not in Library, you'll need the second keystroke for View > Grid (G), as you've observed.
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John R. Ellis, Champion

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Also, Adobe doesn't do a great job of documenting the shortcuts.  See here for a comprehensive, easily accessible list: http://www.lightroomqueen.com/keyboard-shortcuts/lrcc6/
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Simon Chen, Principal Computer Scientist

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Lightroom generally documents the most important KBSC for each module under Help>XXX Module Shortcuts..., but it does not document all.