I’m not aware of any way to directly clear the filter box, but I definitely “feel your pain” on this one. I often want to expand the scope of a Pane without losing my place, so I can inspect my Outline in the neighborhood around a specific item. Two common situations are:
- Looking for an item that is “missing” – I think it should be there, but is maybe hidden by complex filtering
- Checking for completed siblings to an item I am planning to move, especially when ‘breaking up’ a parent.
In these cases I generally select my ‘anchor’ item and copy text, open a popup, clear the filters, then do a search and paste the item text to jump back to where I was. It’s not pretty.
The general situation is that we have no control over the scroll position of a Pane after making Filter changes, not just when fully clearing it as you mention. It would be ideal to me if the last item that the cursor was in were “remembered” upon switching focus to the Filter field. When the filter changes the contents of the pane, it should auto scoll to place that item at the top. Obviously if that item is filtered out, the pane would just scroll to the top – but not forget the item yet, in case user changes the filter to again include that original item.
This would help a lot with general outline troubleshooting and would probably ease the disorientation that comes with learning filters, too.