Bug 49115 - UI: blank document shows empty grey UI background instead of page preview
Summary: UI: blank document shows empty grey UI background instead of page preview
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Calc (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: Other All
: medium trivial
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Reported: 2012-04-24 12:22 UTC by OfficeUser
Modified: 2015-04-19 09:48 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Description OfficeUser 2012-04-24 12:22:00 UTC
I think I found to regressions that probably have been introduced by Markus Morhards' changes.


Steps to reproduce:

- Open a blank spreadsheet
- Open the page preview.

==> Note that only a gray area is dispalyed, no page. It is impossible to check header and footer if no cell is filled.

- Try to export as PDF

==> An error message appears: Error saving the document...

Found in LibreOffice
Comment 1 Markus Mohrhard 2012-04-24 12:49:48 UTC
Please add this bug to the MAB so that other people can have fun too. And please never ever add me as cc into a bug report.
Comment 2 Kohei Yoshida 2012-04-24 12:54:35 UTC

With all due respect, before you accuse a developer by name, you should have a solid evidence of your accusation.  That's a sure way to piss off a developer.

BTW, this behavior has been there since 3.3.  It's not a regression.
Comment 3 OfficeUser 2012-04-24 12:55:55 UTC
@Markus: Reporting your regressions is no fun.
Comment 4 OfficeUser 2012-04-24 12:56:38 UTC
Ok, sorry. Let's examine the problems and than adjust the summary.
Comment 5 OfficeUser 2012-04-24 12:57:44 UTC
"BTW, this behavior has been there since 3.3."

And before 3.3?
Comment 6 Markus Mohrhard 2012-04-24 13:08:36 UTC
Do you really think that any calc dev will now care about your personal bugs? You might start fixing them yourself.
Comment 7 Rainer Bielefeld Retired 2012-04-24 22:25:12 UTC
[Reproducible] with "LibreOffice (RC1) German UI/Locale [Build-ID: 21cb047-d7e6025-9ba54fc-b4a51a8-f42372b] on German WIN7 Home Premium (64bit). all new documents created from File Menu, Start center, WIN Desktop, ... show that empty grey area instead of an empty page, I did not find a setting what might heal that.  

Seems reporter did not check very carefully, I already see that in OOo 1.1.4 (even the PDF export error message is the same), so inherited from OOo and not a regression.

May I recommend to read <http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/BugReport>, what will help you to write more useful reports? Except the observed effect all report here is unusable and wrong.

Please contribute information concerning your OS.
Comment 8 Terrence Enger 2012-04-25 07:39:47 UTC
print preview

I have seen the all-grey print-preview before, and I thought it was a
feature rather than a bug.  The workaround is simple: enter
something--even a blank--somewhere in the spreadsheet.

(Bug 48348 "VIEWING FILEOPEN spreadsheet saved from page preview opens
to grey" is different from this one in that the grey background there
arises in a different context and the workaround is even more simple.)

PDF export

The message from the attempt to export an empty document as PDF reads

    Error saving the document Untitled2:
    Write Error.
    The file could not be written.

This is unhelpfully generic.  But still, I suspect that the attempt to
export an empty document is as likely to be accidental as it is to be
intended.  Presumably, the same workaround is effective.
Comment 9 OfficeUser 2012-04-25 10:25:52 UTC
@Terrence: Current behaviour isn't what the user expects and it is not consistent with other LibO applications. ==> bug

I have to apologise. For me it looked like a regression caused by some of your changes since this bug is related with blank cells, too. Again: Sorry.

But I do not think that this is my "personal" bug. All LibO users are affected by such problems.

Could you take this one and provide a patch?
Comment 10 OfficeUser 2012-04-25 10:30:42 UTC
> But still, I suspect that the attempt to
export an empty document is as likely to be accidental as it is to be

I disagree. Documents can consist of only formattings. Imagine - for example - printing a "blank" table structure for writing by hand...

And again: Current behaviour is inconsistent with other LibO applications.
Comment 11 Rainer Bielefeld Retired 2012-04-25 11:08:00 UTC
@OfficeUser, @Terrence Enger:
This bug has been confirmed, the current behavior is inconsistent to other LibO applications and sometimes a little annoying and so it's a (trivial) bug. I doubt that further discussion will be useful, especially here in this particular bug. 

For the PDF problem I submitted "Bug 49151 - PDF export of Empty sheet causes error message, PRINTING fails silently"!
Comment 12 OfficeUser 2012-05-02 12:24:31 UTC
Corrected summary.
Comment 13 Teo91 2013-09-29 18:19:06 UTC
I can confirm this with LO 4.1.1 on Windows 7 SP1.
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Comment 15 OfficeUser 2015-04-12 10:12:13 UTC
Still present in

Build-ID: 45e2de17089c24a1fa810c8f975a7171ba4cd432
Gebietsschema: de_DE
Comment 16 OfficeUser 2015-04-12 10:13:28 UTC
Additional info to the comment above:

Linux build has been tested
Comment 17 Matthew Francis 2015-04-16 09:37:18 UTC
Occurs in OOo 3.3.0 and earlier, so removing Keywords: regression
Comment 18 OfficeUser 2015-04-19 09:46:40 UTC
I don't consider this a bug anymore.

I see that current builds of MS Excel behave identical. In the meanwhile LibreOffice has been improved so that it indicates (like MS Excel) "No Data". So this doesn't confuse users anymore.

I have attached screen shots of Calc and Excel.

Comment 19 OfficeUser 2015-04-19 09:48:09 UTC
Created attachment 114903 [details]
Comment 20 OfficeUser 2015-04-19 09:48:30 UTC
Created attachment 114904 [details]