Bug 31191 - "Data to fields" operation is not reversible
Summary: "Data to fields" operation is not reversible
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LibreOffice (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: Other All
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Reported: 2010-10-28 03:22 UTC by Davide Pesenti
Modified: 2014-01-02 18:22 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Description Davide Pesenti 2010-10-28 03:22:50 UTC
When i use "Data to fields", this action cannot be undone, that is: it is not possible to get back the fields' name.

Ho to reproduce it:

1) Insert into a text document a field from a registered database
2) Select a row in the database and click "Data to fields"

This is annoying.

This action cannot be even undone with Ctrl+z or UNDO. That is: the action "Data to fields" is not in the history list.

See it in action: http://mrjive.it/~mrjive/tmp/data-to-fields-bug.ogv
Comment 1 sophie 2010-10-28 09:01:39 UTC
Reassigned to Cédric - Sophie
Comment 2 Alex Thurgood 2010-11-17 01:00:40 UTC
I can confirm this behaviour on Mac OSX SnowLeopard and LibO beta2. Strangely enough, only the insertion of data is not undoable. If I continue to backstep the changes to the document, it will skip the DatatoText operation and undo any other changes made to the document.

Comment 3 retired 2013-03-29 00:41:39 UTC
This is a crazy old bug. Could someone test this against LO 4 and see if it is still valid?

I'm not sure how to reproduce this.
Comment 4 Jean-Baptiste Faure 2013-11-30 13:23:31 UTC
I have just tried with LO following these steps:
1/ create a new empty text document
2/ type some text
3/ menu Insert > Fields > Other -> Database tab
4/ select Mail merge fields and choose the database you want, for example bibliography
5/ select a field in the database, for example Author in biblio table of bibliography
6/ validate (OK)
7/ open the database: press F4 key
8/ go to biblio table and select the record you want then click on the button "Data to Fields"; the author of this record appears in the text document.
9/ click in the text document and then click on the Undo button or hit ctrl+Z

Current behavior:  the field is removed as the last action in Writer was to insert the field.
10/ click on Redo button or press ctrl+Y --> the field is restored in empty state.

For me it is not a too bad behavior. What do you think ?

Best regards. JBF
Comment 5 Jean-Baptiste Faure 2014-01-02 18:22:59 UTC
According to comment #4 I close this bug as WorksForMe.

Please, feel free to reopen if it does not work for you.

Best regards. JBF