Bug 149073 - Provide indication when an OLE object is linked (e.g., in Properties dialog and/or Navigator or with border decoration)
Summary: Provide indication when an OLE object is linked (e.g., in Properties dialog a...
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: UI (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) alpha0+
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Whiteboard: target:7.6.0
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Blocks: Navigator OLE-Objects
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Reported: 2022-05-13 13:01 UTC by sdc.blanco
Modified: 2023-01-20 01:11 UTC (History)
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Description sdc.blanco 2022-05-13 13:01:46 UTC
Insert > Object > Ole Object

afaict there is no way to tell if the inserted object is embedded or linked.

It is possible to see in Edit > External Links that there are links, but there is no indication of the object of the link.

For Images, there is an indication in Navigator if the object is linked, but not for OLE objects.

If could be helpful if Navigator gave an indication and / or in the Properties dialog. Even better would be some kind of decoration on the border of the linked object in the document.
Comment 1 Roman Kuznetsov 2022-11-02 17:12:07 UTC
I agree with suggestion in general and the idea about some chain icon near the Object name in the Navigator seems good

Added UX-team for discussion
Comment 2 Heiko Tietze 2022-11-07 15:35:08 UTC
I don't even see an indicator for Insert > Image: [x] Link. Such an icon would be a nice enhancement. 

And perhaps an interesting task for Jim... (or an easyhack maybe?) :-)
Comment 3 Commit Notification 2023-01-20 01:11:19 UTC
Jim Raykowski committed a patch related to this issue.
It has been pushed to "master":


tdf#149073 SwNavigator: provide an indication for linked images

It will be available in 7.6.0.

The patch should be included in the daily builds available at
https://dev-builds.libreoffice.org/daily/ in the next 24-48 hours. More
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Affected users are encouraged to test the fix and report feedback.