Bug 124774 - Option to turn off autocomplete text in quick find
Summary: Option to turn off autocomplete text in quick find
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
Version:
(earliest affected)
6.2.1.2 release
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Keywords: needsDevAdvice
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Blocks: Find-Search AutoCorrect-Complete
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Reported: 2019-04-16 16:07 UTC by pbwn
Modified: 2019-08-13 19:20 UTC (History)
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Description pbwn 2019-04-16 16:07:06 UTC
Description:
when using ctrl F to search my document for a text string, LibreOffice Writer will auto-complete the word based on previous searches. How can i turn this off?

For example, if i have searched my doc for "libreoffice", and i now want to search my doc for just "libre", I type: ctrl+f "libre" then Enter, and it searches for "libreoffice". 

Steps to Reproduce:
1. search document for "libreoffice" 
2. search document for just "libre"
3.

Actual Results:
I type ctrl+f "libre" then Enter, and it searches for "libreoffice"

Expected Results:
I type ctrl+f "libre" then Enter, and it searches for "libre"


Reproducible: Always


User Profile Reset: No



Additional Info:
Comment 1 Dieter Praas 2019-04-17 12:09:28 UTC
(In reply to pbwn from comment #0)
> Description:
> when using ctrl F to search my document for a text string, LibreOffice
> Writer will auto-complete the word based on previous searches. How can i
> turn this off?

If there is an option, I would expect it under Tools => AutoCorrect => AutoCorrect Options, but I can't find anything.
Comment 2 pbwn 2019-04-17 14:32:52 UTC
i played around with aurocorrect options quite a bit. I don't like autocorrect and thus will disable everything in those options (eg "enable word completion" is unchecked). It made no difference to the search function though.
Comment 3 mulla.tasanim 2019-04-18 17:40:46 UTC
Thank you for reporting the bug.

I can not reproduce the bug in

Version: 6.2.1.2 (x64)
Build ID: 7bcb35dc3024a62dea0caee87020152d1ee96e71
CPU threads: 4; OS: Windows 6.3; UI render: default; VCL: win; 
Locale: en-US (en_US); UI-Language: en-US
Calc: CL


Version: 6.3.0.0.alpha0+ (x64)
Build ID: 91cdf22b88a4f7bec243c8fb187627e766d3294c
CPU threads: 4; OS: Windows 6.3; UI render: default; VCL: win; 
TinderBox: Win-x86_64@42, Branch:master, Time: 2019-03-08_00:38:10
Locale: en-US (en_US); UI-Language: en-US
Calc: CL


When I am searching in writer doc of LO:
for "libreoffice" it searches for "libreoffice" 
for "libre" it searches for "libre"
Comment 4 Buovjaga 2019-04-24 14:27:15 UTC
Not sure, if we want to have an option for this. Asking design team.
Comment 5 Heiko Tietze 2019-04-25 09:08:03 UTC
It's a very common feature to list previous inserted strings. And not only on LibreOffice or desktop applications you have to change the autocompleted string. Not a big deal to delete *office.

Why not an option? The autocompletion is omnipresent and not restricted to the find bar. Most users expect it and wont switch it off.

Feel free to reopen if you disagree.
Comment 6 Buovjaga 2019-04-25 10:43:40 UTC
(In reply to Heiko Tietze from comment #5)
> It's a very common feature to list previous inserted strings. And not only
> on LibreOffice or desktop applications you have to change the autocompleted
> string. Not a big deal to delete *office.

It is true. Web browsers do this as well - just hit your Delete key after typing "libre" and then it will work.
Comment 7 pbwn 2019-04-25 12:58:05 UTC
"Web browsers do this as well" - my web browser certainly does not because there is an option to turn off autocomplete in the web browser search. You'll notice the issue also does not occur in MS Word. This suggests that "Most users expect it and wont switch it off" is just speculation. 

When people say "Not a big deal to delete" it is just their personal preference, they cannot assume that everyone else feels just as they do. The 'bug' makes errors in work slightly more likely, and that is not something to be overlooked for those working in industries that are extremely unforgiving re errors
Comment 8 Xisco Faulí 2019-05-02 11:56:35 UTC
Make sense to move this enhancement to NEW...
Comment 9 Buovjaga 2019-05-02 12:01:55 UTC
No, it does not make sense to move to NEW. We cannot allow this to be implemented before considering the larger perspective:

(In reply to Heiko Tietze from comment #5)
> Why not an option? The autocompletion is omnipresent and not restricted to
> the find bar. Most users expect it and wont switch it off.

Do we implement an option to globally deactivate autocompletion, not just in quick find?
How do we find out all the places with autocompletion?
Comment 10 Heiko Tietze 2019-05-16 08:09:31 UTC
We talked about this request in the design meeting and didn't come to a conclusion. If _all_ autocompletion can be disabled with one switch the option might be helpful for some users. So the question goes to dev: possible or not?
Comment 11 pbwn 2019-05-16 15:26:59 UTC
i want to try to make clearer the importance of this change with an example: I was working on a spreadsheet where status is documented using labels such as "confirmed" "confirmed?" (i realise it's inaccurate, that's a separate issue). If you type "confirmed" you will not notice that it has typed "confirmed?". This is not a minor discrpeancy; it is the exact opposite of what should appear. Bear in mind people use this software every day, for science etc, doctors use it etc. Unnecessary errors can have unknown consequences. Competing MS products do not have this flaw. Cheers