Bug 38194 - Style indicator in document margin
Summary: Style indicator in document margin
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: All All
: high enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: needsUXEval
: 50516 (view as bug list)
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Blocks: Sidebar Styles Writer-Enhancements
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Reported: 2011-06-11 15:43 UTC by fenglich
Modified: 2019-04-30 13:10 UTC (History)
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Description fenglich 2011-06-11 15:43:03 UTC
When editing documents and wanting to have a strong control over formatting, I've found Microsoft Word's style guides feature highly useful.

Here's a screen shot of the feature in use, found with Google Images:


Implementing it could 1) Provide useful functionality 2) Make it easier for Microsoft Word users to adopt LibreOffice.
Comment 1 Björn Michaelsen 2011-12-23 12:26:08 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 2 Florian Reisinger 2012-08-14 14:01:35 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 3 Florian Reisinger 2012-08-14 14:02:39 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 4 Florian Reisinger 2012-08-14 14:07:14 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 5 Florian Reisinger 2012-08-14 14:09:20 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 6 fenglich 2012-08-16 02:20:04 UTC Comment hidden (off-topic)
Comment 7 Florian Reisinger 2012-08-16 07:26:28 UTC Comment hidden (off-topic)
Comment 8 fenglich 2012-08-29 12:59:33 UTC
*** Bug 50516 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 9 Brian Westlake 2013-07-11 04:30:41 UTC
Hello LibreOffice Developers,

This functionality/feature enhancement request, if implemented, would significantly contribute to the migration of users from Microsoft Office to LibreOffice.

The synchronised Style pane is one of the most useful features of Microsoft Word, and is extremely handy for debugging the meta-structure of word documents - a 'logical structure debugger', if you will.

Please refer to the equivalent feature enhancement request for OpenOffice, and the commentary therein:


This is what the synchonised style pane looks like in Microsoft Word:


One could also envisage a page element panel as well, displaying page, section, header and footer characteristics, synchronously.

Part of a fully general, *synchronous*, dockable, multi-pane 'logical structure debugger'.

It would be the cat's miaow, the ant's pants, the bee's knees and the banana's pyjamas, in no fixed order. :-)

Thank you for your attention.

Yours faithfully,

Brian Westlake.
Comment 10 Florian Reisinger 2013-07-11 05:45:39 UTC
Changed some bits...
Comment 11 Brian Westlake 2013-07-11 07:22:58 UTC
Thank you very much Florian.

It will be removing a major disincentive to migrate from MS Office.
Comment 12 Brian Westlake 2013-09-14 00:37:58 UTC
With the implementation of experimental Sidebars functionality, in LibreOffice 4.1.0, from the IBM Lotus Symphony Office codebase, it might have become easier to implement this feature.

The sidebar does have a style panel, however it is not the functionality provided by the microsoft style area as previously described.

Given that the Sidebars work in single page view, would there not be the possiblity of having both left and right sidebars (either none, XOR, or both)?

If so, could not the microsoft functionality be implemented in a right sidebar?

On the road to a fully optioned logical (meta-)structure debugger. :-)

Thank you for your attention, LibreOffice developers.
Comment 13 Brian Westlake 2014-11-06 05:57:29 UTC
Dear Libreoffice Developers,

Admittedly a "bump".

However this link provides a neat summation of the "Reveal Code" functionalities of Microsoft Word (and WordPerfect), including the "Style Area", which is the specific functionality of this feature request:


A fully fledged "Logical Structure Debugger" integrating the best from Word and WordPerfect, and eclipsing both, for Writer would contribute strongly to the uptake of Writer from Word users, in particular.

Thank you for you attentions.

Best regards,

Brian Westlake.
Comment 14 Heiko Tietze 2019-04-30 13:10:26 UTC
I like the idea of having a visual indicator in the document margin to give a visual feedback of the applied style. Makes it easier to format the document. However, it's not necessary to copy Microsoft, so I changed the summary a bit.