Bug 38213 - Allow to specify the color pattern for tables
Summary: Allow to specify the color pattern for tables
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Draw (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Blocks: ImpressDraw-Tables Table-Styles
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Reported: 2011-06-12 08:23 UTC by Alexander Wilms
Modified: 2022-11-24 15:22 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

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the table sidebar (14.87 KB, image/png)
2011-06-12 08:23 UTC, Alexander Wilms
more colors needed (40.44 KB, image/png)
2013-07-26 13:05 UTC, Andrej
MS has more colors (28.50 KB, image/png)
2013-07-26 13:07 UTC, Andrej

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Description Alexander Wilms 2011-06-12 08:23:15 UTC
At the moment the user can only choose from a few predefined color patterns, but it would be nice to change those.
Comment 1 Alexander Wilms 2011-06-12 08:23:59 UTC
Created attachment 47870 [details]
the table sidebar
Comment 2 Rainer Bielefeld Retired 2011-06-13 00:40:53 UTC
Indeed, number of styles for DRAW / Presentation tables seem to be very limited.
Comment 3 Björn Michaelsen 2011-12-23 12:23:03 UTC Comment hidden (noise)
Comment 4 sasha.libreoffice 2012-03-28 07:08:49 UTC
Indeed, not much, only 11. In msOffice almost 77.
IMHO for users more important ability to create own color patterns or import them than using predefined. But they also important.
Comment 5 Andrej 2013-07-26 12:57:57 UTC
MS office has much more colors in general .

See pictures for LibreOffice and MS.
Comment 6 Andrej 2013-07-26 13:05:57 UTC
Created attachment 83033 [details]
more colors needed
Comment 7 Andrej 2013-07-26 13:07:17 UTC
Created attachment 83034 [details]
MS has more colors
Comment 9 Andrej 2015-05-30 14:55:52 UTC
Maybe it would be nice to see new and previous color in "format cells" window. Right now there is only newly selected color in preview window.  MS office has both.

LibreOffice now has more colors. But maybe they can be better organized? Like green together, blue also,... Right now they are scattered ?

Tested in  version
Comment 10 Heiko Tietze 2016-06-14 06:57:49 UTC
Recently the table styles have been introduced. And you can change the cell background per context menu "Table..." or per menu Format > Area.

But the consistency with other modules how to format tables is missing. At least the sidebar has to provide quick access to the table properties (e.g. Writer has Paragraph > Background color) and the context menu should be consistent with other modules (Draw: "Table...", Writer: "Table Properties..."). 

But we should reconsider the complete workflow in order to improve the UX.
Comment 11 Heiko Tietze 2016-06-14 06:58:05 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 12 Heiko Tietze 2019-01-04 08:56:42 UTC
Removing needsUX: the table styles should be implemented equally across the modules allowing the same workflow including editing capabilities.
Comment 13 Stéphane Guillou (stragu) 2022-11-24 15:22:01 UTC
The introduction in LO 7.5 of various right-click options to the available Table Designs, and the ability to add new designs to the list, should cover this report in my opinion.

Fix by Maxim Monastirsky with this and other commits:


If you want to test it, please install a recent master build: https://dev-builds.libreoffice.org/daily/master/current.html