Bug 139464 - Usability: "Move or Copy Sheet"; the difference is subtle, but important
Summary: Usability: "Move or Copy Sheet"; the difference is subtle, but important
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Calc (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: All All
: low enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: difficultyMedium, easyHack, skillCpp, topicDesign
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Reported: 2021-01-07 10:02 UTC by bug.spencor
Modified: 2021-04-02 08:47 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Description bug.spencor 2021-01-07 10:02:53 UTC
I just did a mistake and moved a sheet and continued editing (overwriting) when I expected to copy the sheet and edit a copy (I overlooked the radio buttons on the top to select copy or move); so basically I lost quite some amount of work :-(.

While I don't want to blame anybody else for my stupid mistake, I ask myself the question how often this happened before to anybody else, and how often it will happen in the future.

In this case the application was not doing what I "intuitively" expected it to do. Of course this is often subjective, but good usability would optimally protect from that.

I would suggest to make two separate context menu entries for move and copy.

Alternatively, one could:
- Make "copy" default; data will be duplicated and the obselete sheet can still be deleted, instead of resulting in an irreversible state
- Move the "Copy"/"Move"-choice to a separate dialog that is shown before the main move/copy-dialog
Comment 1 Timur 2021-01-11 07:54:56 UTC
I do not see the need for this, but I mark UX.
Comment 2 Heiko Tietze 2021-01-21 09:29:00 UTC
Copying sounds like the safer spot here, the OP gave a good example.

Code pointer: sc/uiconfig/scalc/ui/movecopysheet.ui ("active" property of the radio button)

Ideally, we change the button label from Ok to Move or Copy respectively depending on the selection. This needs a click handler, and text in the resource file. Medium difficulty therefore, the sole "active" property is beginner level.
Comment 3 Andreas Heinisch 2021-04-02 08:47:35 UTC
If anyone is interested in solving this issue, I may offer myself as a mentor.