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Bug 119594 - Implement "Most recent fields inserted"
Summary: Implement "Most recent fields inserted"
Status: RESOLVED WORKSFORME
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: UI (show other bugs)
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Inherited From OOo
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
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Blocks: Main-Menu Fields
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Reported: 2018-08-29 20:04 UTC by Olivier Hallot
Modified: 2019-03-14 17:21 UTC (History)
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Description Olivier Hallot 2018-08-29 20:04:51 UTC
This is an enhancement request for UX.

Rationale: When inserting the same field in many places in a text document, one has to open the Insert Field dialog either from the menu or in the main toolbar.

I'd like to propose a sub menu in the Fields menu or Fields Icon to list the 5 recently used fields, in a similar way as the "recent documents" in the File menu.

Example of use case: Suppose we have a field which is a reference that contains the Company name. The same field must be inserted in several pages.

Current process: go to the places where the company name is to be inserted, choose menu Insert - Fields - More Fields and get the right tab (references), choose the field and press Insert button. Repeat for the next occurence of the Company name.

Suggested process: go to the places where the company name is to be inserted, Choose menu Insert - Fields - More fields - then a list of the last 5 fields inserted with their format is available in the menu. Pick one of them.

Complementary: Add a "Copy to clipboard" button to copy the reference field with format to clipboard and let user paste in every place needed in the document.
Comment 1 Heiko Tietze 2018-08-30 08:17:10 UTC
(In reply to Olivier Hallot from comment #0)
> Current process: go to the places where the company name is to be inserted,
> choose menu Insert - Fields - More Fields...

You can copy/paste fields. And the Insert Field dialog is amodal so you can keep it open while editing the document.

> I'd like to propose a sub menu in the Fields menu or Fields Icon to list the
> 5 recently used fields, in a similar way as the "recent documents" in the
> File menu.

Makes sense, though we have means to deal with the situation. Opinions?
Comment 2 Thomas Lendo 2018-08-30 20:23:23 UTC
Heiko is right, the dialog window is modal. Does this help?

The suggestion to use copy/paste only works if the user doesn't copy another content between field inserted actions. So the usefulness is limited.

I love the idea of a 'last used field' item in the fields sub-menu. For me a single item is enough, which could be introduced as new UNO command to that the user can assign a shortcut key or an icon via Customize dialog. With that the user has not to go through the menu.
Comment 3 Heiko Tietze 2019-03-14 13:26:07 UTC
Copy/paste works, the dialog is amodal, and there hasnt been an objection to WFM. So lets close it.