Bug 36976 - Add option to disable the automatic popping up of toolbars
Summary: Add option to disable the automatic popping up of toolbars
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 38850
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: UI (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Blocks: Customise-Dialog Toolbars
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Reported: 2011-05-08 12:28 UTC by sh
Modified: 2022-04-27 08:05 UTC (History)
13 users (show)

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exapmle of navigation toolbar popping up (108.84 KB, application/pdf)
2017-07-28 20:14 UTC, Maarten

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Description sh 2011-05-08 12:28:59 UTC
Best advice I could find for sending feature request was in a couple threads saying do it via bug report. If I'm wrong, please forward to the right recipient.

Using Mac OS 10.6.7

When working with an object--image, frame, or whatever--on a page in any LO app, activating the object also pops up a toolbar associated with the object. Sometimes it's across the top or side of the window, other times it pops up right in front of everything. Most of the time I don't need the toolbar (just moving or resizing something for example), and it's distracting and annoying to have these toolbars popping up all over the place. I know where to go to view Drawing or Picture or Text Object toolbar, so I'd like to turn off this auto popup. Please add this as an Option across the suite?

Many thanks for all your great work on LO!
Comment 1 amirimobile 2012-06-17 06:43:47 UTC
I second that. It's really annoying for me, too.
Comment 2 Roman Eisele 2012-10-05 09:00:51 UTC
I second this. I have tried to make the Summary clearer (no hints about “Feature request” or “all about the suite” are necessary, this is all indicated by the Component and Importance fields). Platform should be All/All.
Comment 3 LeMoyne Castle 2012-12-22 04:23:05 UTC
Must have been feeling it when I assigned this to myself.  Still interested in this enhancement, but in no way is this area a strong point for me - crucially, I have not been and will not start working on this issue right now.  Assigned back to default developer.
Comment 4 snlr 2013-02-28 06:14:13 UTC
Workaround posted in forums 1): hide the popup in existing toolbar, so at least it's not too annyoing. Pop up cannot be prevented. This workaroung does not work when user chose to not display any toolbars. (Which is different from full screen, because navigator and style window can still be used).

Workaround posted in forums 2): go to View > Toolbars > disable the offending toolbar, LO will memorize the setting. Does NOT work, LO does NOT memorize the setting and pops up the toolbar again. Example: navigator toolbar. Jumping to an outline pops up the toolbar, user closes the toolbar, jumps to next outline, toolbar pops up again. 

The popping never ends. A setting is needed to ONLY EVER show the toolbar when the user selected View > Toolbar > activate certain toolbar, and to NEVER show the toolbar in question when the user DESELECTED it in View > Toolbar. 

The user will then choose freely when to use a toolbar and when not to.
Comment 5 Heiko Tietze 2016-06-12 08:48:52 UTC
*** Bug 100314 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 6 V Stuart Foote 2017-07-23 23:42:04 UTC
*** Bug 109291 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 7 Maarten 2017-07-28 20:14:15 UTC
Created attachment 134953 [details]
exapmle of navigation toolbar popping up
Comment 8 Buovjaga 2018-10-13 14:20:39 UTC
*** Bug 119998 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 9 Xisco Faulí 2018-12-13 11:54:33 UTC
*** Bug 34451 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 10 Heiko Tietze 2020-06-04 12:59:26 UTC
*** Bug 122030 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 11 Alex Vayda 2021-03-03 12:13:38 UTC
Hey folks,

Is there any progress on this issue? It's 2021, the COVID era, and the 10-year old problem still exists and continue harming LibreOffice usability.

Can anybody from developers take a look at it please?
Just adding an option to disable context sensitive behavior would help a lot.

The user story is simple:

   "I as a user, want my toolbars ALWAYS stay where I put them, no matter what my mouse is doing on the rest of the screen."

Thank you very much!

Comment 12 Heiko Tietze 2022-04-27 08:05:17 UTC
Consolidating at bug 38850

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 38850 ***