The situation is:
- I'm editing a sheet; the selected cell is somewhere in the middle of the screen
- Now I mark some columns by moving the mouse over the columns headers and draggin it.
At this moment, the cell selection jumps to the top most visible cell in the last marked column.
This is a little bit pity since I lose the editing context. Could we retain the current cell in this situation?
As a side note: The border around the marked columns is not thick. The other major spread sheet draws a think border around the selection. Is it the intention in Calc?
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Edit a sheet, place cursor to A4
2. Mark columns A and B by dragging the mouse over their headers
Cursor is now at B1
Cursor remains at A4
User Profile Reset: No
Editing context is lost.
On a second thought: The rationale in the current behaviour could be that it's always guaranteed that the selected cell is within the selected area.
So I'm now not that sure that this ticket should lead to changes. But I'd be interested in the opinions of other users.
Looks as a bug but I'm not sure
UX-team, we need your opinion here
ps: Excel moves the cursor to A1 cell in that case >_<
(In reply to al.le from comment #1)
> On a second thought: The rationale in the current behaviour could be that
> it's always guaranteed that the selected cell is within the selected area.
Eike, do we need the focused cell to be in the current selection? The request to keep the selection makes actually sense.
Yes we need the current cell cursor be part of the selection. Otherwise it may be unclear whether the result is a multi-selection or not, or for a following Sort action for example the current cell's column is taken.
However, that's not the question of the original request as the current cell was A4 when selecting A:B so already within the selected range.
Anyway, clicking a column header for selection focuses the cell in the first *visible* row of the column. If you PageDown once to have, for example, rows 38 to 75 on the screen and go to current cell A42 and then click column A header, the active cell will be A38. I see no reason why the active cell shouldn't be kept *if* it was part of the resulting selection already.
Btw. bug 82404 suggests to move active cell to A1 when doing a corner-click "select all".
Why it is needed that A4 remains as the active cell? What is the use?
When selecting with keyboard (Ctrl+A, Ctrl+Spacebar, Shift+Spacebar, Shift+whatever), A4 remains as the active cell.
When selecting a cell range (no complete rows or columns), the resulting active cell is the first (in time) selected of the last range selected; no matter if it is done with mouse or keyboard, with standard selection, extending selection or adding selection.
So why, when selecting rows/columns, the active cell is the leftmost/upper of the last (in time) row/column selected? Why not the first row/column selected?
There is a official name for the corner-click "select all"? Header of headers? :-) I can not find it just now.
(In reply to LeroyG from comment #6)
> Why it is needed that A4 remains as the active cell?
The input goes into the selected cell.