Bug 136764 - Style inspector: No scrollbars and minimum width
Summary: Style inspector: No scrollbars and minimum width
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
Version:
(earliest affected)
7.1.0.0.alpha0+
Hardware: All Windows (All)
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: 139360 (view as bug list)
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Blocks: Styles_Inspector
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Reported: 2020-09-15 06:57 UTC by Thomas Lendo
Modified: 2021-01-20 17:44 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

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Description Thomas Lendo 2020-09-15 06:57:24 UTC
The styles inspector (at least on Windows) shows no vertical or horizontal scrollbars despite it's needed. You can scroll down with the mouse but the view doesn't change and no scrollbars are available.

The minimum width of the styles inspector dock of the sidebar changes according to the longest value that is shown in the inspector. So, if you click in a formatted text and then change the sidebar width, there is a minimum width and the sidebar "snaps" to it and it can't be made smaller. After you click to another text with different formatting and longer or shorter values in the inspector, then you can change the width of the sidebar but only until it "snaps" to the new width.

This minimum width according to value length is suspicious. Funny is that you can change the width of the Properties column in the style inspector and also the Values column, but this has no effect to the above mentioned minimum width. Better is to have the same behavior as the styles deck of the sidebar (a small miminum width but it's to the user how big the sidebar should be).

Version: 7.1.0.0.alpha0+ (x64)
Build ID: abcc4eb907661e07ad850ccce7eb06f129da4286
CPU threads: 12; OS: Windows 10.0 Build 18363; UI render: Skia/Vulkan; VCL: win
Locale: de-AT (de_AT); UI: de-DE
Comment 1 Mike Kaganski 2020-09-21 06:47:04 UTC
Confirmed with Version: 7.1.0.0.alpha0+ (x64)
Build ID: c6b6995004d34cadaec68e2b6e17667d43f9995e
CPU threads: 12; OS: Windows 10.0 Build 19041; UI render: Skia/Raster; VCL: win
Locale: en-US (ru_RU); UI: en-US
Calc: CL
Comment 2 John 2020-11-22 12:20:33 UTC
My issue may be the same as this, or at least a subset of it. I routinely have the sidebar open to show styles and formatting but only need to see part of the style name to be able to recognise and select it. To save screen space, I narrow down the sidebar so that just the first few letters of the style name is showing. This is no longer possible in LibreOffice 7 - there is a minimum size below which it cannot be narrowed and which is far more than I need with wasted space ++ on smaller screens.
Comment 3 Ming Hua 2020-12-02 23:20:29 UTC
Style Inspector in sidebar is still not scroll-able in 7.1.0 Beta1 on Windows 10.

No scrollbar, wheel on mouse does nothing, selecting an item and press down arrow key doesn't scroll and just select items out of view.  IMHO this makes Style Inspector not usable for any serious task on Windows, and is not really suitable to be brought out of experimental feature (it leaves a bad first impression to users).

Version: 7.1.0.0.beta1 (x64)
Build ID: 828a45a14a0b954e0e539f5a9a10ca31c81d8f53
CPU threads: 2; OS: Windows 10.0 Build 18363; UI render: Skia/Raster; VCL: win
Locale: zh-CN (zh_CN); UI: zh-CN
Calc: threaded
Comment 4 Ming Hua 2020-12-02 23:25:19 UTC
Hi John,

(In reply to John from comment #2)
> My issue may be the same as this, or at least a subset of it. I routinely
> have the sidebar open to show styles and formatting but only need to see
> part of the style name to be able to recognise and select it.
This "style inspector" may sound like what you use, but it isn't -- it's a new feature in 7.1, and not available in version 7.0.x or earlier (unless you enable experimental features, and even then it's very different from what 7.1 has).

You were using the "Styles" sidebar, which is not related to this bug.  So it would be better if you un-CC from this bug and report a new one about your problems.
Comment 5 John 2020-12-03 12:23:47 UTC
(In reply to Ming Hua from comment #4)
> Hi John,
> 
> (In reply to John from comment #2)
> > My issue may be the same as this, or at least a subset of it. I routinely
> > have the sidebar open to show styles and formatting but only need to see
> > part of the style name to be able to recognise and select it.
> This "style inspector" may sound like what you use, but it isn't -- it's a
> new feature in 7.1, and not available in version 7.0.x or earlier (unless
> you enable experimental features, and even then it's very different from
> what 7.1 has).
> 
> You were using the "Styles" sidebar, which is not related to this bug.  So
> it would be better if you un-CC from this bug and report a new one about
> your problems.

Thank you for pointing my error out. I had a look at 7.1.0 beta 1 with style inspector activated and it is immediately apparent that scrollbars, especially vertical, are essential but missing.
Comment 6 Raúl 2020-12-27 11:16:29 UTC
The sidebar still "snaps" to some minimum width (as reported by Thomas and John). In my case I am running in libreoffice 7.1.0.1 rc in Ubuntu 20.04. This minimum width is too large; most of the sidebar is filled with empty space. In libreoffice impress this is especially problematic as it makes editing slides very uncomfortable: the width left for the slides is very reduced as compared to previous editions of libreoffice. I think the user should be able to adjust the width of the sidebar and the width should be fixed independently of the selected objects.
Comment 7 Ming Hua 2020-12-28 10:04:32 UTC
(In reply to Raúl from comment #6)
> The sidebar still "snaps" to some minimum width (as reported by Thomas and
> John). In my case I am running in libreoffice 7.1.0.1 rc in Ubuntu 20.04.
> This minimum width is too large; most of the sidebar is filled with empty
> space. In libreoffice impress this is especially problematic as it makes
> editing slides very uncomfortable: the width left for the slides is very
> reduced as compared to previous editions of libreoffice. I think the user
> should be able to adjust the width of the sidebar and the width should be
> fixed independently of the selected objects.
This bug is about Style Inspector in Writer specifically, not any other sidebar, and definitely not sidebars in Impress.

Please file separate bug for your problem.

And please don't change version field of an existing bug just because you see the same bug in that version, it's supposed to be "the earliest affected version", also see https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/QA/Bugzilla/Fields/Version#How_we_use_this_field .
Comment 8 Ming Hua 2021-01-01 21:55:00 UTC
*** Bug 139360 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 9 bugzilla2 2021-01-20 17:43:43 UTC
Not sure if I shall post it here or create a new bug. lets try it here first...

My issue with the styles inspector is not about scrollbars, but about being to wide and not resizable. All the other sidebar elements are resizable, but the styles inspector is not. But it should be, as it is using to much space.