Bug 134151 - UI: Make it more difficult to accidentally enable "track changes" feature
Summary: UI: Make it more difficult to accidentally enable "track changes" feature
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LibreOffice (show other bugs)
Version:
(earliest affected)
6.4.4.2 release
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Keywords: difficultyBeginner, easyHack, skillDesign, topicUI
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Blocks: Track-Changes
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Reported: 2020-06-19 11:42 UTC by RGB
Modified: 2020-06-26 03:40 UTC (History)
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Description RGB 2020-06-19 11:42:17 UTC
In ask.libreoffice you'll find many (many![1]) threads in which users ask why they are not able to delete content anymore, or pointing out that new text is in a different color, etc. All those "problems" come from accidentally enabling the "track changes" feature. 

In all keyboards, Shift and Ctrl keys are close together, and that means that's quite easy to, by accident, hit Ctrl-Shift-C (the default shortcut for "track changes") instead of plain, and quite common, Ctrl-C or Shift-C. This is specially true for compact keyboards such as those you find in laptops / notebooks.

My suggestion is therefore to consider a change in the default shortcut for "Track Changes" so it's more difficult to activate that feature by chance. Perhaps a four key shortcut (it's almost impossible to hit Ctrl-Alt-Shift-C by accident) will save a lot of people, specially new users, from a sudden puzzling situation. 

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[1] Just one of the latest threads as example: 

https://ask.libreoffice.org/en/question/251211/how-do-i-stop-all-characters-appearing-in-wrong-font/

but seriously, this "problem" appears so often that it deserves consideration.
Comment 1 Heiko Tietze 2020-06-22 05:21:42 UTC
And it's easy to confuse with ctrl+alt+F10 (insert comment). I suggest to not have a shortcut for this very infrequently activated function.
Comment 2 Thomas Lendo 2020-06-23 21:23:17 UTC
(In reply to Heiko Tietze from comment #1)
> And it's easy to confuse with ctrl+alt+F10 (insert comment). I suggest to
> not have a shortcut for this very infrequently activated function.
+1
Comment 3 Heiko Tietze 2020-06-25 08:42:59 UTC
So let's do it and remove the shortcut. 

Code pointer:
officecfg/registry/data/org/openoffice/Office/Accelerators.xcu

remove <node oor:name="C_SHIFT_MOD1" oor:op="replace"> around .uno:TrackChanges (2x)