Bug 120098 - Find & Replace: Add ability to search for hidden text
Summary: Find & Replace: Add ability to search for hidden text
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Blocks: Find&Replace-Dialog
  Show dependency treegraph
Reported: 2018-09-24 06:53 UTC by Thomas Lendo
Modified: 2019-06-13 14:28 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

See Also:
Crash report or crash signature:


Note You need to log in before you can comment on or make changes to this bug.
Description Thomas Lendo 2018-09-24 06:53:51 UTC
In big and 'living' documents, some texts can be hidden from normal view to have them in the document but to hide them for some cases. For example a paragraph is needed for most machine instructions but not for others, therefore the editor hides them with a hidden section instead of deleting to not forget it in future use.

But when revising the instructions, the hidden texts can easily be forgotten to be also revised. In the worst case, names and terms will not be updated.

Add an item 'Hidden text' in the 'Find & Replace' dialog with the ability to search for hidden text e.g. in hidden sections.

I don't know if this is a privacy or data protection issue but I think editable documents should never be given away if sensitive data is included.
Comment 1 Heiko Tietze 2018-10-15 10:29:49 UTC
+1 to the request. In case of protection we could disable the checkbox. 

The checkbox would be under "Other options"  perhaps next to "Current selection only" and ideally called "[ ] Include hidden text".

No further input from UX needed, IMHO. Maybe an esayhack.
Comment 2 Aditya Sahu 2019-04-01 22:08:48 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)