Bug 101850 - formatting of multi-column layout with manual column breaks and justifications not preserved on cut & paste operation unless copy start point above multi-column layout
Summary: formatting of multi-column layout with manual column breaks and justification...
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Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: All All
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Blocks: Page-Layout-Columns Cut-Copy
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Reported: 2016-09-01 23:47 UTC by kaanchan
Modified: 2018-01-29 10:35 UTC (History)
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Description kaanchan 2016-09-01 23:47:57 UTC
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I created a 3-column layout on a selection of text with manual column breaks and different justification in each column (left, center, right). To save time, I copied and pasted that section. When I paste, the manual column break formatting is lost, and the text from each column is rendered in waterfall pattern (as if carriage returns have been entered).

-----before paste-----

Column-1     Column-2     Column-3

Normal text....

-----after paste-----


Normal text....

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:

1. select portion of document to convert into 3 column layout
2. enter text in first column with left justification then insert manual column break
3. enter text in second column with center justification then insert manual column break
4. enter text in third column with right justification
5. add some normal paragraph text just below this multi-column layout (so this text is in normal, single column layout space)
6. copy and paste all of that
7. notice that the 3-column layout for the pasted portion renders with extra carriage returns and manual column breaks missing
Actual Results:  

Normal text....

Expected Results:  
Column-1     Column-2     Column-3

Normal text....

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Module: TextDocument
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OS: Windows (All)
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Comment 1 kaanchan 2016-09-02 00:10:34 UTC
From further investigation, the issue is only when the starting point for the copy operation is from within the (left-most character and column) of the multi-column layout.

If the copy start point is on a line (in normal layout) above the multi-column section, then the formatting is preserved and reproduced exactly on paste.
Comment 2 Cor Nouws 2016-09-03 09:49:38 UTC
Hi kaanchan,

thanks for posting this clear description of the issue..
I know the same applies when copying a section as such, making autotext of a paragraph with an anchored object/image (need to include the previous paragraph too).
I'm not sure if this is something that could be improved.

For helping other willing to look at it, can you please attach a sample document?

@mstahl: can you give a (quick maybe) look ?

thanks - Cor
Comment 3 QA Administrators 2017-03-28 08:17:42 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 4 Cor Nouws 2017-04-12 13:54:54 UTC

(In reply to Cor Nouws from comment #2)
> For helping others willing to look at it, can you please attach a sample
> document?
Comment 5 QA Administrators 2018-01-02 10:14:07 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 6 QA Administrators 2018-01-29 10:35:05 UTC
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