Bug 49206 - VIEWING: Tooltip for cell with partially hidden content
Summary: VIEWING: Tooltip for cell with partially hidden content
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LibreOffice (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
3.5.2 release
Hardware: Other All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Whiteboard: BSA
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Blocks: Calc-Cells
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Reported: 2012-04-26 23:08 UTC by mahfiaz
Modified: 2020-03-09 13:29 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Description mahfiaz 2012-04-26 23:08:43 UTC
This actually is a feature request.
When text doesn't fit the cell, and resizing/overflow is not possible (fixed height, the cell on right not empty), a small red triangle is shown. When hovering such a cell I'd like to see the contents on a tooltip. Right now the best way is to double click on the field and then click somewhere else.

Platform (if different from the browser):

Browser: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Ubuntu; Linux x86_64; rv:11.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/11.0
Comment 1 Joel Madero 2012-11-28 16:37:44 UTC
Confirmed, sounds like a neat idea.

NEW - Enhancement - Low

Enhancement: As you said this is an enhancement request

Low: Not a crucial enhancement, useful under certain circumstances but the current method isn't that problematic to interfere with workflow (double click red arrow in cell)

Thanks for the suggestion!
Comment 2 mahfiaz 2015-03-04 21:38:39 UTC
This can be also unwanted, since sometimes you just leave your mouse somewhere to rest and after the timeout a tooltip would appear. Which is a) distracting b) covers up cells which are placed next to it. This is somewhat mitigated because tooltip would only appear on overfilled cells.

I wouldn't mind closing it as wontfix, but getting some ux-advice would be good.
Comment 3 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2016-08-25 04:44:56 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 4 Heiko Tietze 2016-09-13 14:56:03 UTC
Tooltips have a removal timeout, typically set to 5s (defined by the OS/DE). So the restriction to show the tip for overfilled cells only is not the only mitigation. 

The suggested addition should be the default for content that is cropped. So yes, please show a tooltip for those cells.

Btw, Excel neither has this neat red triangle nor shows a tooltip for the overlong content.
Comment 5 Xisco Faulí 2020-03-09 13:29:09 UTC
Please add keyword 'needsUXEval' and CC 'libreoffice-ux-advise@lists.freedesktop.org' if input from UX is needed.