Bug 32418 - Add an "insert symbol" to Math
Summary: Add an "insert symbol" to Math
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Formula Editor (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
3.3.0 RC1
Hardware: x86-64 (AMD64) All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: ⁨خالد حسني⁩
Whiteboard: target:24.2.0 inReleaseNotes:24.2
Keywords: difficultyInteresting, needsDevEval, skillCpp, topicUI
Depends on: 134214
Blocks: Formula-Editor
  Show dependency treegraph
Reported: 2010-12-15 09:46 UTC by RGB
Modified: 2023-12-18 09:48 UTC (History)
11 users (show)

See Also:
Crash report or crash signature:


Note You need to log in before you can comment on or make changes to this bug.
Description RGB 2010-12-15 09:46:45 UTC
Right now, to insert symbols that are not defined for Math you have two options, either defining a new symbol or copy past it from Writer. The first option is not portable (if you carry the file to other computer, the symbol get lost) and it is not really necessary when you need to insert that symbol every now and then. The second option can be a nuisance is you forgot to copy the symbol before accessing the Math object.
It would be a good enhancement for Math the addition of an "insert symbol" menu (the same we already have on Writer) to insert occasional symbols.
Comment 1 Björn Michaelsen 2011-12-23 11:35:17 UTC Comment hidden (noise)
Comment 2 RGB 2011-12-23 16:47:45 UTC
The feature requested is not implemented on 3.5 beta2 yet.
Comment 3 Marcos Souza 2013-05-08 02:09:29 UTC
I understood the problem.

How can I achieve this?

Maybe in the menu File, create a new menu entry "Insert symbol", as exists in Writer?

What do you think?
Comment 4 Joel Madero 2014-02-27 23:16:43 UTC
In order to limit the confusion between ProposedEasyHack and EasyHack and to make queries much easier we are changing ProposedEasyHack to NeedsDevEval.

Thank you and apologies for the noise
Comment 5 QA Administrators 2014-10-23 17:32:02 UTC Comment hidden (noise)
Comment 6 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2015-12-14 06:12:48 UTC Comment hidden (noise)
Comment 7 V Stuart Foote 2016-10-11 20:52:09 UTC
The <Alt>+X toggle for Unicode codepoint to glyph implemented for bug 73691 makes it trivial to add persistent symbols to results the Math Formula editor.

Still, having access from the Toolbar for the Special Symbol dialog would be convenient UI.  Can the .uno:InsertSymbol command even open in Math module?
Comment 8 Ashwin Godbole 2019-01-30 02:57:38 UTC
Hey guys, I think i can do this one!
Comment 9 dante19031999 2020-07-19 11:40:43 UTC
With the changes for tdf#32415.
Comment 10 Xisco Faulí 2021-02-09 13:11:48 UTC
Removing Assignee. No action done in a while
Comment 11 dante19031999 2021-02-09 16:01:29 UTC
(In reply to Xisco Faulí from comment #10)
> Removing Assignee. No action done in a while

Please, ignore this for 2 or 3 years. It depends on the opensymbol 2, wich means a lot of time.
Comment 12 Xisco Faulí 2022-05-02 14:47:50 UTC Comment hidden (noise)
Comment 13 Commit Notification 2023-09-20 10:22:40 UTC
Khaled Hosny committed a patch related to this issue.
It has been pushed to "master":


tdf#32418: Add Tools -> Special Character... to Math

It will be available in 24.2.0.

The patch should be included in the daily builds available at
https://dev-builds.libreoffice.org/daily/ in the next 24-48 hours. More
information about daily builds can be found at:

Affected users are encouraged to test the fix and report feedback.
Comment 14 BogdanB 2023-09-22 20:28:11 UTC
Khaled, thanks.
The menu is availalbe under Tools, and it's working well.

Verified with
Version: (X86_64) / LibreOffice Community
Build ID: db1ba9c56dadf4be5642a6f3de36c04208d8d9a7
CPU threads: 4; OS: Linux 5.15; UI render: default; VCL: gtk3
Locale: ro-RO (ro_RO.UTF-8); UI: en-US
Calc: threaded
Comment 15 Stéphane Guillou (stragu) 2023-12-18 09:48:05 UTC
In release notes: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/index.php?title=ReleaseNotes%2F24.2&type=revision&diff=715801&oldid=715798
Thanks Khaled!