Bug 32968 - Make Zoom Slider optional
Summary: Make Zoom Slider optional
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: UI (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: Other All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: needsUXEval
Depends on:
Reported: 2011-01-10 07:28 UTC by Matej Cepl
Modified: 2016-12-29 11:07 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Description Matej Cepl 2011-01-10 07:28:31 UTC
My Mom (72-year old very non-technical interpreter) was bitten severely by Zoom Slider (http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/Zoom_Slider). By mistake she clicked on it and without understanding what happened she suddenly got zoom 589%.

Could you please make it (at least) possible to switch Zoom Slide off? Actually, I would argue that for Writer it should be opt-in completely (how many Writer users need different zooms of their documents? I would think that default Optimal zoom would be enough for 99% of users).

Thank you
Comment 1 Björn Michaelsen 2011-12-23 11:34:53 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 2 Matej Cepl 2011-12-24 12:47:58 UTC
I am not willing to install to my mom's production computer pre-release version of the software, but with the latest stable release (3.4.4) the situation is absolutely unchanged.
Comment 3 Thomas Bertels 2012-03-20 05:55:06 UTC
See also bug 47577, as it may be what happened to your Mom.
Comment 4 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2013-12-22 16:45:42 UTC
(In reply to comment #3)
> See also bug 47577, as it may be what happened to your Mom.

Indeed: bug 47577 appears to be a outright bug. This is an enhancement request [marking it as such].
Comment 5 tommy27 2016-10-13 05:07:34 UTC
as far as I know there's no way to selectively turn on/off the zoom slider since OOo era.

it would be nice to have an Advanced Expert Configuration setting that would allow the user to disable/enable that slider only.

however as a workaround for your mum you can turn on/off the entire status bar from menu "View/Status Bar"

is will hide the status bar so there's no way you accidentally click the slider.
however it will unshow all other infos like page and character count, current style and language.

@UX team
do you think this could be turned into an easy hack?
Comment 6 Heiko Tietze 2016-12-29 11:07:20 UTC
(In reply to tommy27 from comment #5)
> @UX team
> do you think this could be turned into an easy hack?

Even when the hack is easy the advanced configuration wouldn't be so. And I believe that hiding the status bar is sufficient enough. We cannot make any part of the UI optional.

Closing the ticket as WFM.