1. Open Calc or Writer
2. Ctrl + F to open quick search toolbar and activate
3. Search something, end with Enter
4. Press F3 to find next
5. Click inside document
6. Press F3 to find again. No boom. Either nothing happens or F3 has another use now.
I think whatever shortcut we use (F3 and Ctrl+G are generally common ones), it should work even when cursor is not inside search box.
F3 is undefined--both Globally and in Calc--it has no Find function in LibreOffice.
And, <Ctrl>+G *is* the defined shortcut for "Repeat Search" and functions from the Find toolbar (<Ctrl>+F) and the Find & Replace dialog (<Ctrl>+H)
You can of course customize your Keyboard to assign F3 to Repeat Search if you prefer--but we wont make it a default assignment as that would duplicate the <Ctrl>+G already used.
Put cursor back to search box and F3 will work (until your cursor is there). That's the problem.
As mentioned the behavior you seek is *already* provided with a customizable short cut assigned to the "Repeat Search" action--i.e. .uno:RepeatSearch.
On Windows builds that is already <Ctrl>+G by default, and on RPM builds it is to <Ctrl>+<Shift>+F; simply set the shortcut you prefer from Tools -> Customize -> Keyboard: Edit Functions, "Repeat Search"
F3 is *not* assigned to a LibreOffice search related shortcut action in any module, nor used in LibreOffice globally for an action.
It has some specific uses--notably in Calc to move between errors, and in Draw/Impress to enter a group of objects.
The behavior of the F3 key executing find--e.g. .uno:RepeatSearch--while in the FindBar with cursor focus in the TextFind widget is anomalous in that it is not assigned as a shortcut, but is being parsed in the source code of the widget. This anomoly is present in both Windows and Linux builds and affects Writer and Calc.
Adjusting summary for that issue.
I think whatever happens should be consistent. So I vote for removal of F3 doing anything in this context.
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It still happens in 18.104.22.168
// Execute the search when Return, Ctrl-G or F3 pressed
if ( KEY_RETURN == nCode || (bMod1 && (KEY_G == nCode)) || (KEY_F3 == nCode) )
// Execute the search when Return or Ctrl-G is pressed
if ( KEY_RETURN == nCode || (bMod1 && (KEY_G == nCode)) )