The number of file types that Libre can open is impressive but this leads to a problem with the File Open dialog. Apart from the rather odd looking "All files" list, which fills the entire height of the display, the sheer number of options is a little overwhelming.
Would it be possible to have two drop downs, one for a category and then the other which lists the file types associated with that file type. It kind of already does that but the categories appear at the top of the list, i.e. "All files", "Text Documents", "Spreadsheets", followed by all the distinct file types. So the enhancement might look something like:
"All Documents" -- "All Files"
"Text Documents" -- "All Files"
"Open Office Document (.odf)"
"Word 2007 Document (.doc)"
"Plain text document (.txt)"
"Template Documents" -- "All Files"
"Open Office Template (.odt)"
"Spreadsheets" -- "All Files"
and so on.
I think having two dropdown lists would make it even more overwhelming.
Having that the bug title is "Simplify file open dialog"... I would focus on solving the "entire height of the display" issue. Maybe we can group all the Microsoft formats in a row (like "Text docuements(...)" as it already is, but only "Microsoft Office (...)" because they are displayed each one in a row and it occupies most of the dropdown list.
Same in WIN
More controls don't reduces the complexity. Two dropdowns are not familiar and require two clicks - totally annoying. That's also for me a WF.
*** Bug 56304 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***