Bug 139117 - UI: Toolbar wrapping instead of showing the chevron
Summary: UI: Toolbar wrapping instead of showing the chevron
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: UI (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: All All
: low enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
: 155953 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Blocks: Toolbars-Overflow
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Reported: 2020-12-21 09:42 UTC by Thomas Lendo
Modified: 2023-06-21 21:23 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Description Thomas Lendo 2020-12-21 09:42:52 UTC
If a toolbar is longer than the LibreOffice window, then the chevron (double arrow) button will be shown so that the user can see the buttons that are out of view.

Instead of showing this chevron, an option would be helpful to wrap the toolbar to a new line so that all buttons always are visible.
Comment 1 Jean-Baptiste Faure 2021-08-15 06:45:35 UTC
From my point of view, that is not a good idea because that implies that the text area height may change when the window width changes.

Best regards. JBF
Comment 2 Stéphane Guillou (stragu) 2023-06-20 20:59:46 UTC
*** Bug 155953 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 3 Stéphane Guillou (stragu) 2023-06-20 21:01:23 UTC
Setting to new by duplicate, but asking for Design team input.
Comment 4 Stepan Novotny 2023-06-20 21:03:57 UTC
(In reply to Jean-Baptiste Faure from comment #1)
> From my point of view, that is not a good idea because that implies that the
> text area height may change when the window width changes.
> Best regards. JBF

That wouldn't be a problem for you because you wouldn't be turning the wrap feature on. People would only turn the wrap feature on if they want to maintain efficient access to their toolbar in narrow windows.
Comment 5 Heiko Tietze 2023-06-21 09:26:00 UTC
We do have toolbar menu and the option would be well hidden but accessible at the same time.  OTOH I could imagine users who prefer this layout don't want to tinker every single toolbar. The setting could go into Tools > Options > View.
Comment 6 Stepan Novotny 2023-06-21 21:23:18 UTC
Customizing the toolbars does not actually achieve efficient access to all buttons because the icons still fail to adjust to variable window width.

Toolbars therefore cannot be made arbitrarily long because they become cumbersome to use whenever buttons cut off at right, and so users have to use wide document windows instead of conveniently sized windows.

Additionally, when I'm working in wider than normal windows, the toolbars across the top fail to merge into a single line, and this wastes space at the top of the window. Sure you can unlock-rearrange but then look what happens upon return to normal-width window ...ouch!

The current implementation does in fact support dynamic wrapping of toolbar icons when said toolbar is detached and doubled in height, but it gets crazy again when you re-dock it.

The only work-around I've found is to set small-icons. Any heavy user of LibreOffice will tell you that they've worn out several mice by clicking buttons tens of thousands of times, and having to cascade via the right-hand chevron will easily translate to hours of productivity lost per week. Same with being coerced to use document window sizes which suit the toolbar rather than the user. Productivity and flexibility are foundational to any software suite.