Bug 146947 - Ability to show/reveal characters being typed into password prompt to decrypt a document
Summary: Ability to show/reveal characters being typed into password prompt to decrypt...
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: UI (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: accessibility
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Blocks: Password-Protected
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Reported: 2022-01-23 21:44 UTC by Jeff Fortin Tam
Modified: 2024-06-04 07:54 UTC (History)
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Description Jeff Fortin Tam 2022-01-23 21:44:20 UTC
When opening an encrypted document, such as a spreadsheet, LibreOffice prompts for the password/passphrase to decrypt it.

This is nice, but I have some documents where the passphrase is really long and I tend to misstype quite often. I would like to have a togglebutton (or checkbox, or GtkSwitch) in that password prompt that I can click to let the characters be plainly visible, when I know that I'm in a safe environment (i.e.: nobody looking over the shoulder, no screencasting/recording going on, not giving a presentation in a conference, etc.).

I'd be OK (and would recommend, in fact) with that toggle's state being off by default, so I would have to turn it on each time.

Steps to Reproduce:
Try to open an encrypted document.

Actual Results:
Characters are obscured by dots

Expected Results:
Being able to see the plain characters, if desired.

Reproducible: Always

User Profile Reset: No

Additional Info:
A button to allow seeing the characters as I type them.
Comment 1 Stéphane Guillou (stragu) 2023-05-30 23:52:14 UTC
Agree that this would be a welcome enhancement, and could possibly be an accessibility issue for users requiring more visual feedback.

Some useful information for best implementation: https://incl.ca/show-hide-password-accessibility-and-password-hints-tutorial/