Bug 142477 - Improve resizing column behavior: currently lacking preview and minimal width
Summary: Improve resizing column behavior: currently lacking preview and minimal width
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Calc (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) alpha1+
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Blocks: Cell-Management
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Reported: 2021-05-25 09:55 UTC by steve
Modified: 2023-07-20 18:58 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Crash report or crash signature:

LO column resizing (569.05 KB, image/gif)
2021-05-25 09:55 UTC, steve
numbers column resizing (1018.20 KB, image/gif)
2021-05-25 09:56 UTC, steve

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Description steve 2021-05-25 09:55:32 UTC
Resizing columns is currently lacking preview and minimal width.

Steps to Reproduce:
Resize column in calc

Actual Results:
1. no preview is shown to convey to the user what their change will look like.
2. no minimal width is defined allowing (maybe intended, but imo not good UX) to hide column, probably more likely to result in unexpected results and confusion.

Expected Results:
1. showing a preview while users drag column separator left / right would be helpful to show to users what they are chaning and what the results will look like *before* committing to the change.
2. implementing a minimal width and by that preventing unintended hiding of columns.

Reproducible: Always

User Profile Reset: No

Additional Info:
see attached gifs showing behavior of Apple Numbers (exposing proposed #1 and #2) and LibreOffice.

Version: / LibreOffice Community
Build ID: 49af7e22e61c2e5d440ad55cd362388983e128ae
CPU threads: 8; OS: Mac OS X 10.16; UI render: default; VCL: osx
Locale: de-DE (de_DE.UTF-8); UI: en-US
Calc: threaded
Comment 1 steve 2021-05-25 09:55:57 UTC
Created attachment 172319 [details]
LO column resizing
Comment 2 steve 2021-05-25 09:56:14 UTC
Created attachment 172320 [details]
numbers column resizing
Comment 3 Heiko Tietze 2021-05-25 15:39:43 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 128258 ***
Comment 4 steve 2021-05-26 08:47:54 UTC
In this specific case I disagree with duplicate state. #128258 is about better visibility of hidden columns / rows while this bug here is about the UI when resizing a column / row. It touches on two aspects 1. preview while resizing and 2. allowing to drag devider over next cell (which Apple Numbers or Microsoft Excel do not allow). Both aspects are different than what is discussed in #128258.
Comment 5 Buovjaga 2022-04-26 11:43:36 UTC
Seems straightforward and a useful change -> NEW