Bug 136096 - Style list jump in a unproductive manner to current selection
Summary: Style list jump in a unproductive manner to current selection
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: All All
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Reported: 2020-08-25 07:26 UTC by Telesto
Modified: 2023-03-27 10:12 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Crash report or crash signature:

Example file (17.55 KB, application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text)
2020-08-25 07:27 UTC, Telesto

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Description Telesto 2020-08-25 07:26:40 UTC
The styles list jumps to current style for the selected area rather than stays put, leading to an annoying and unproductive usage model. Say you want to apply STYLE4 to a paragraph (which currently has default settings). You move the keyboard cursor onto the new paragraph, and boom, the styles list jumps to the very beginning. You are forced to scroll back to STYLE4, and then use a double-click to apply it. We're talking 3-5 more mouse clicks per action than Microsoft Office.

Source: https://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/libreoffice-7-review.html

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Open the attached file
2. Click in  the different page style area's

Actual Results:
Jumping selection

Expected Results:
Split they function. An indicator for the current active style and selecting/highlighting. So preventing a change in the selected item

Reproducible: Always

User Profile Reset: No

Additional Info:
Build ID: c01aa64b6c3d89ebe5fe69c28c7adb24eb85249c
CPU threads: 4; OS: Mac OS X 10.12.6; UI render: default; VCL: osx
Locale: nl-NL (nl_NL.UTF-8); UI: en-US
Calc: threaded
Comment 1 Telesto 2020-08-25 07:27:19 UTC
Created attachment 164657 [details]
Example file
Comment 2 Telesto 2020-08-28 07:23:36 UTC
Bug 94427  is also requesting an indicator; different user case. Same solution
Comment 3 Heiko Tietze 2020-09-10 13:42:30 UTC
If you apply many different styles to your document, which is not recommended, or use an inappropriate filter such as All Styles rather than Applied Styles or Hierarchical this is a logical consequence. The current selection has to be shown, period.
The request in 94427 is about the confusion when you single click a different style, eg to modify, but don't apply to the current selection. Different scenario to switching between Text Body > My Text 1 and Text Body > My Text 2. (Using Default is discouraged.)
I recommend to resolve as NAB.
Comment 4 V Stuart Foote 2020-09-10 14:00:24 UTC
Agree with Heiko here that the behavior now is correct. Working with Styles I more often than not will shift to 'Applied Styles' listbox mode. And only occasionally shift back to 'Hierarchical' or 'All Styles' to pick assign a new style.

Definitely not a bug, as behavior is correct.

Comment 5 Justin L 2020-12-15 09:55:36 UTC
Current behaviour is logical. I must admit that I too get annoyed when I want to apply a different style. However, usually, I want to edit the style of the paragraph I click on - so in that case I am happy that it jumps to the current style.

I too use "applied styles" filter when trying to accomplish the tasks described by OP.

Only illogical behaviours should be changed. Many people will have built their workflows around the current behaviour. NOTABUG as others have determined too.
Comment 6 Buovjaga 2023-03-27 10:12:38 UTC
*** Bug 153292 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***