Bug 141136 - Tabbed toolbar mode keeps switching you away from the current tab to the "Home" tab each time you enter (focus) or leave a comment
Summary: Tabbed toolbar mode keeps switching you away from the current tab to the "Hom...
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: UI (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: All All
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Assignee: Not Assigned
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Blocks: Notebookbar-Tabbed
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Reported: 2021-03-20 23:32 UTC by Jeff Fortin Tam
Modified: 2021-03-22 16:32 UTC (History)
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Description Jeff Fortin Tam 2021-03-20 23:32:27 UTC
The "Review" tab has many functions that are relevant to comments, and changes tracking. Namely:
- Comment
- Reply Comment
- Delete Comment
- Format All Comments (only available in the "Tabbed Compact" mode, but I would want to see it available in the regular Tabbed mode too...)

If I am inside that tab (in Tabbed or Tabbed Compact toolbar), LibreOffice should not switch me away from that tab automatically, yet this is what happens currently:

- If I am in the page's contents, reviewing various tracked changes, and then I click inside a comment to edit the comment, it switches me away from the Review tab to the Home tab.

- If I am inside a comment, and I would like to use the various comment-related functions, I switch to the Review tab... but as soon as I click away from the comment, it switches me back to the Home tab! That's a huge waste of time if you want to do that for multiple comments.
Comment 1 Jeff Fortin Tam 2021-03-20 23:36:05 UTC
In fact this change, when entering/exiting a comment, switches you away from _any_ tab to the Home tab. So if you were in the "References" or "Insert" tabs, it'll switch you away from those too.

At the end of the day, I'm not sure any auto-switching is a good idea unless you're selecting image/chart/form objects vs text.
Comment 2 Jeff Fortin Tam 2021-03-21 18:18:25 UTC
Note that this happens not only in Writer, but in Calc too.
Comment 3 Timur 2021-03-22 15:17:52 UTC
I'll confirm behavior. 
As for solution, Is rather see an option for auto-switching. 
If not feasible, better not to have it, rather leave what user selected.
Comment 4 Jeff Fortin Tam 2021-03-22 15:47:38 UTC
In this particular case, clicking inside or outside a comment, you're going from the same "type" of content (text to text) so there should be no context switch triggered when the fundamental type is the same (unless comment management actions are added to the "Home" tab, but then it would get a bit crowded).

Generally speaking (outside of this scenario), I would say that "an option for auto-switching" is not the approach I would recommend. Don't add options for things that should "just work". In theory either the app should not make a mistaken assumption, or it shouldn't do any switching at all, but I still think the auto-switching makes sense for some clear-cut cases (like when you select an image, chart, multimedia/audio/video, or form element, or index/references table).
Comment 5 Timur 2021-03-22 16:32:08 UTC
Ok, you are right. No idea who could be invited or interested to look into this.