Bug 159921 - number of pages indication: display format options (enhancement request)
Summary: number of pages indication: display format options (enhancement request)
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 153777
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: needsUXEval
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Blocks: Statusbar
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Reported: 2024-02-27 08:17 UTC by peter josvai
Modified: 2024-05-06 13:59 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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the calendar configuring popup (24.63 KB, image/png)
2024-02-27 08:17 UTC, peter josvai

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Description peter josvai 2024-02-27 08:17:00 UTC
Created attachment 192817 [details]
the calendar configuring popup

At the bottom of the page we see the number of pages displayed. It used to be, for ages, only one number, say "5". That would mean in the old times that you're working on "page 5". The length of your text is a crucial factor. Most of us write watching the number of words and characters all the time.

I used an instance of Writer 7.4 the other day, and it was so refreshing!
As I looked at the "number of pages", it was what it looked like. Like in the  "old days". 

Page 4 of 18

as opposed to 

Page 4 and 5 of 18

It's simple, like with € 2.99
we read it as "2..."

As to the number of pages indication, 
we read it as "Page 4"

Annoying as it is, it could be helped, easily.
But the thing we are talking about is the one and only thing: the format in which that number is being displayed.

Now, everywhere we see numbers displayed as crucial info, 
we have the option to set the format that best fits us.
We don't need all the people of the world to like the format you like. You can just set it for yourself.
Take the calendar in Linux Desktop Environments, such as Gnome.
Just one click (on the clock), ans you're there, and yo can set the format you like best. And you set it, and you're happy.

Just hit "configure" :)

It would be so great (saving us a major annoyance 300 times on a daily basis) to have the configure option for the "number of pages" display format....

we have 3 numbers in that sequence:

say, the "from" (or smaller), the "to" (or greater), and the "of" numbers...

I'd like to have it, perhaps, like "%from-%to (of%of)
maybe I'd like to change it further :)
maybe I'd omit the "%from" number...

Either way, it'd be cool, cause we'd have the "configure" option! :)

I wish we had that...

- - - thank you for developing Libreoffice, and Writer! - - - -
Comment 1 V Stuart Foote 2024-02-27 15:01:25 UTC
As implemented at 7.5 release.

Because LibreOffice Writer supports three page view modes: "Single page view", "Multi-page view", and "Book view" it is possible *and common* that more than one page is visible in the document view port. The page details on the Status bar were reworked as for see also bug 90150 to correctly list the pages exposed in the view port.

Please note that *if* you place your view mode to be "Single page view" and set a zoom scale to show a single page, e.g. the View -> Zoom -> "Optimal view" or "Entire page" the page number display on the Status bar will mostly keep to the 'page x of y' style. YMMV depending on the zoom and the size you set for the LibreOffice app frame on your desktop.

Otherwise Not a bug and a WF for enhancement to customize the Status Bar's page details.

Comment 2 V Stuart Foote 2024-02-27 15:14:23 UTC
Using the SB Navigator deck, or the pop-out <F5> Navigator, in default Page mode for go-to-page movement also does a good job of keeping the view port to a single page with a corresponding "Page x of y" format on the status bar.
Comment 3 Heiko Tietze 2024-02-28 08:08:37 UTC
(In reply to V Stuart Foote from comment #1)
> "Multi-page view"
Think of two or even four pages being shown at once. What page number would be correct, if we not show "page 1-4 of 8"

> Otherwise Not a bug and a WF for enhancement to customize the Status Bar's
> page details.
> IMHO => WF
Comment 4 Heiko Tietze 2024-05-06 13:59:29 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 153777 ***