Bug 125909 - Change tracking: add a notification when it's hidden
Summary: Change tracking: add a notification when it's hidden
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LibreOffice (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Whiteboard: target:7.2.0
Depends on:
Blocks: Track-Changes Privacy
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Reported: 2019-06-13 22:28 UTC by Mike Kaganski
Modified: 2022-07-18 08:30 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Description Mike Kaganski 2019-06-13 22:28:14 UTC
Hidden tracking of changes might in some cases be a security issue, if one sends a document which contains tracked information not supposed to be available for recipient.

Possibly when opening a document with hidden change tracking, an infobar could be displayed, or a status bar icon (this still be mostly unnoticed imo), or some other way of informing user about the mode (and how to proceed)?
Comment 1 Xisco Faulí 2019-11-15 11:57:31 UTC
Makes sense. Moving to NEW
Comment 2 László Németh 2020-11-11 08:23:11 UTC
The fix for Bug 83958 solves this problem on the following way:

If there is at least one hidden tracked change in the opened document,
Writer enables the Tracked Changes toolbar automatically with the icons of managing the changes.

This doesn't depend on the state of recording changes (but if recording is enabled in the document, Writer always switches on the Tracked Changes toolbar, i.e. without hidden changes, too).
Comment 3 László Németh 2021-04-08 11:52:13 UTC
Reopened, because it's real need, because it's much less annoying, than the unbidden toolbar of the previous solution.

Proposed solution:

Comment 4 Commit Notification 2021-04-12 08:45:16 UTC
László Németh committed a patch related to this issue.
It has been pushed to "master":


tdf#125909 tdf#141298 sw: show (Hidden) Track Changes infobar

It will be available in 7.2.0.

The patch should be included in the daily builds available at
https://dev-builds.libreoffice.org/daily/ in the next 24-48 hours. More
information about daily builds can be found at:

Affected users are encouraged to test the fix and report feedback.
Comment 5 Mike Kaganski 2021-04-30 06:37:58 UTC
Just to mention a case that I just came across, that shows where this is important:


> I uploaded a small section of a paper I wrote to ask.libreoffice.org, to do
> with a technical problem I am having with Writer. But I forgot that I had
> track changes on (I was not showing the changes), so the entire document was
> uploaded. Now I need to submit it for school, but plagiarism checkers are
> finding it. ...
Comment 6 NISZ LibreOffice Team 2021-05-06 14:31:56 UTC
Verified in:

Version: (x64) / LibreOffice Community
Build ID: 9df3aa7ea72d61462e430643f2a80906dce4e15b
CPU threads: 4; OS: Windows 10.0 Build 17134; UI render: Skia/Raster; VCL: win
Locale: hu-HU (hu_HU); UI: en-GB
Calc: threaded

Thanks for fixing!