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Bug 100998 - Add an option in Writer Configuration to disable selected text drag'n'drop when editing
Summary: Add an option in Writer Configuration to disable selected text drag'n'drop wh...
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) rc
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
: 118095 121226 (view as bug list)
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Blocks: Drag-and-Drop
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Reported: 2016-07-19 01:24 UTC by Carl Gable Watts
Modified: 2020-02-19 08:41 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

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The option in MS Word 2016 (22.72 KB, image/png)
2020-02-16 09:25 UTC, Mike Kaganski

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Description Carl Gable Watts 2016-07-19 01:24:23 UTC
There needs to be a way to disable "Text Drag'n'Drop" in Writer Configuration.

I find myself constantly accidentally drag'n'dropping the current text selection when I am actually trying to click to change the text selection.

This is a fundamental flaw in "text drag'n'drop". Microsoft Office has an option in it's configuration to disable it completely across all Microsoft Office apps.

I believe there was an option in the LibreOffice Configuration to do this at one time, which I used, but now that option seems to have been removed.

In the OpenOffice Bugzilla there is a bug report of the same problem.
Comment 1 Aron Budea 2016-07-19 03:48:02 UTC
The suggestion might be worth considering.
In the meantime, select with Alt key pressed, and it won't drag'n'drop.
Comment 2 Jean-Baptiste Faure 2016-08-24 04:56:12 UTC
Changed summary in enhancement proposition.
Valid enhancement request. Set to new. That does not mean it will implemented.

Best regards. JBF
Comment 3 lvm 2018-05-23 10:57:21 UTC
This definitely has my vote - accidental drag'n'drop is hugely annoying. Suggestion to use alt is not working - alt-click inside the selection does nothing, outside - creates a new selection without de-selecting the existing one.
Comment 4 Xisco Faulí 2018-11-07 11:19:35 UTC
*** Bug 118095 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 5 Xisco Faulí 2018-11-07 11:20:04 UTC
*** Bug 121226 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 6 Heiko Tietze 2018-11-07 11:30:22 UTC
My position in bug 118095 is WFM as drag 'n drop is standard behavior and the workaround is simple (c1). But if there is more agreement on the request I'm not opposing an option.
Comment 7 Thomas 2018-11-07 22:19:56 UTC
+1 to this as a feature, many people find drag-and-drop editing unintuitive, which is why it's an option in many word processors to disable it.
Comment 8 Heiko Tietze 2018-11-08 08:13:43 UTC
@Thomas: If you remove needsUXEval flag you should also remove libreoffice-ux-advice from the CC list (and vice versa of course). But I'd like to keep it for a while boiling here.
Comment 9 Mike Kaganski 2020-02-16 09:25:45 UTC
Created attachment 157916 [details]
The option in MS Word 2016

More requests:

Obviously this is an accessibility problem for some users.
Comment 10 Heiko Tietze 2020-02-19 08:41:28 UTC
Okay, so let's add this option.