Upgrading from LO 3.something to LO 188.8.131.52 and continuing to work on my Presentation with Impress, I noted how the text formatting toolbar is gone by default. Assuming it was deselected, I reselected it from the View → toolbars menu. However, it disappeared again after I clicked a textbox and then clicked somewhere else.
I note that this is intended behaviour of LO and was introduced somewhere en route from LO3 to LO5. However, I do not approve of this intended behaviour. Auto-removing the toolbar in my layout leaves a large grey area between the standard toolbar and the presentation slides which is not used for anything. This is both visually unappealing and a waste of screen real estate.
I do note that some (if not many or most) users prefer to have the text formatting toolbar free-floating rather than fixed in the layout. They obviously profit from the toolbar’s auto-hiding behaviour. To me, it is counter-productive, and a quick Google search (and searching the bug pages here) shows me I am not the only one.
A hacky work-around has been suggested on various sites: to create a custom toolbar and have it replace the text formatting toolbar. I do not like the approach because it requires additional work from my side that could be spent on the actual things I have to do.
Instead, I wish to suggest a customisation possibility: give users a checkbox for each auto-hiding toolbar, which allows them to select whether they desire the behaviour or not. I hope that this will bring together the best of both worlds: auto-hiding toolbars by default and the ability to turn off the feature if one finds it irritating.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Select View → Toolbars → Text formatting (Toolbar shows up)
2. Click a text box
3. Click somewhere else (Toolbar disappears)
The text formatting toolbar is gone, leaving a vast grey area in the toolbar space
Leave the text formatting toolbar where it is after I select an option for it to do so.
User Profile Reset: No
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:22.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/22.0
Created attachment 132786 [details]
Screenshot of the missing toolbar
Hi, this behavior is indeed intended so that a user can't destroy the settings and to avoid complex configuration.
I created a similar bug 106846 "CONFIGURATION: Means to make custom bars context-sensitive" but for custom (tool) bars and not for default toolbars. I will add keyword needsUXEval.
The old behavior was to replace the "Text Formatting" toolbar with the "Line and Filling" toolbar when leaving text edit mode. If you also enable the "Line and Filling" toolbar and dock it to the same place where the "Text Formatting" toolbar shows, they will replace one another like in LO 3.
Turns out, if Line and Filling is set to visible they do replace each other. I didn’t find any documentation that this should actually be a replacement, not a simple turn on/off.
I’m now debating whether I should turn this into an ‘improve documentation, please’ issue. Adding whatever one might want to see from Line and Filling or Text Formatting to the respective other is much shorter and a much better hack (if it is even a hack at all) than all the other suggestions out there.
please fix this shit.
the toolbar is constantly appearing and disappearing, shifting my fucking canvas up and down like it has fucking parkinson.
do you want to give your users a fucking seizure, or just annoy them?
oh, and i dont fucking care if this shit is intended or not. if it is, it just means the person responsible is a fucking retard, so dont act like there was some fucking thought behind it. you will just embarrass yourself.
Setting to NEW. UX team will look into the issue.
The idea to disable context dependency for toolbars and to manually make it visible or not makes sense (and has been used in some variants of the Notebookbar). The enhancement request was reported before so this one is a duplicate.
(And Maxim explained in comment 3 how to deal with the current situation.)
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 103240 ***
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