Bug 129639 - Could Not Set Column Width in One Column Table
Summary: Could Not Set Column Width in One Column Table
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: All All
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Blocks: Cell-Management
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Reported: 2019-12-27 06:30 UTC by Rizal Muttaqin
Modified: 2021-06-21 07:34 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Description Rizal Muttaqin 2019-12-27 06:30:30 UTC
Step to reproduce

1. Insert a table in a Writer document with 1 column and 2 rows
2. Try to set column size by right clicking in the whole selected table > select Size > Column Width
3 .In my case, default width is 17,00 cm, set to 12,00 cm

Nothing happened

Expected result:

The column width shrink to be 12,00 cm 

Build ID: 21f13b2829dc9ffc19bfad56fe764029c845a0b4
CPU threads: 4; OS: Linux 5.0; UI render: default; VCL: gtk3; 
TinderBox: Linux-rpm_deb-x86_64@86-TDF, Branch:master, Time: 2019-12-25_21:30:00
Locale: id-ID (id_ID.UTF-8); UI-Language: en-US
Calc: threaded
Comment 1 Dieter 2019-12-27 13:07:46 UTC
I confirm it with

Version: (x64)
Build ID: e26d89371f0e4f41476c9a99be01d98dedb76776
CPU threads: 4; OS: Windows 10.0 Build 18362; UI render: default; VCL: win; 
Locale: de-DE (de_DE); UI-Language: en-GB
Calc: threaded

and also with

Version: (x64)
Build-ID: 60da17e045e08f1793c57c00ba83cdfce946d0aa
CPU-Threads: 4; BS: Windows 10.0; UI-Render: Standard; VCL: win; 
Gebietsschema: de-DE (de_DE); UI-Sprache: de-DE
Calc: threaded

Perhaps it is intended that you can't change column size, if this would change width of the table. But in this case I would expect a warning / information.

cc: Design-Team
Comment 2 Heiko Tietze 2020-01-07 14:04:53 UTC
What you do with column size is to distribute the total width, 17cm in my case. To make the whole table smaller use Table > Width in the same dialog. => WFM
Comment 3 Timur 2020-01-08 13:11:32 UTC
There are multiple possible solutions to this bug report:
1. shrink table if single column (as bug report that I support)
2. give a warning (alternative to 1.)
3. explain in Documentation (in any case), where this is not explained at https://help.libreoffice.org/6.5/en-US/text/swriter/01/05120100.html
Comment 4 Heiko Tietze 2021-06-21 07:34:49 UTC
It depends on how you change the table width, it works with table properties > Table: Alignment=left, Width=10cm (changes spacing right to 7cm). It does not work with table properties > Columns: [x] Adapt table width, Remaining space=7cm (after setting alignment=left). However, with two columns the second procedure meets the expectation and sets table width automatically. 

This is at least inconsistent and we should adjust the table width on single columns too.