Bug 52359 - "Show Details" won't work as expected
Summary: "Show Details" won't work as expected
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Calc (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
3.5.4 release
Hardware: All All
: medium minor
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Blocks: Cell-Management
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Reported: 2012-07-22 13:35 UTC by Daniel Szabo
Modified: 2021-07-17 03:43 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Spreadsheet containing multi level outline. (7.33 KB, application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.spreadsheet)
2012-07-22 13:35 UTC, Daniel Szabo

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Description Daniel Szabo 2012-07-22 13:35:12 UTC
Created attachment 64501 [details]
Spreadsheet containing multi level outline.

"Data" / "Group and Outline" / "Show Details" is always disabled unless _all_ cells in all rows of the same outline level are selected. Also, it will open only the deepest outline level and the path to that level remains hidden.

See the attached ODS file.

It includes a multi level outline, which is closed to the top level.

Now, if you search for the string "a" the cell found will be hidden on level 5.
(The cell cursor will be positioned in the hidden area.)

There is no simple and intuitive way to show the found cell.

"Show Details" is disabled because there are two rows on that level. Moreover, it's barely possible to select the rows using the keyboard. If you know somehow that there is a row on the same level _above_ the current cell, you can use SHIFT+UP to select cells in both rows and then "Show Details" becomes enabled. But if you use it, only those two rows will be revealed and the outline path remains hidden. Of course, you won't know how many rows there are on the same outline level so you will have to use the mouse (using the keyboard is practically impossible) to select the top level row _and_ the row below it just to make sure all rows of the same outline level are selected. Now, you can use "Show Details" to expand the full outline tree, also branches that are irrelevant to the search you started with.

So the only possibility is to use the mouse (there is no keyboard equivalent) to click on the + sings to the left of the spreadsheet until you find your cell in the outline hierarchy. If the outline is complex this will take quite a long time because the cell you are looking for may be scrolled out of view.

Also, it's impossible to write a custom macro to accomplish the task (=show the found cell), because there is no API to access the outline level of a cell, see https://issues.apache.org/ooo/show_bug.cgi?id=112717
Comment 1 Sören 2012-12-26 18:27:22 UTC
Confirmed as still a bug in:
Version (Build ID: 4104d660979c57e1160b5135634f732918460a0)
on Ubuntu 12.04 (x86)
Comment 2 QA Administrators 2015-04-19 03:20:40 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 3 Daniel Szabo 2015-05-03 15:56:18 UTC
Still a bug in version

(workaround using SHIFT+UP doesn't work either anymore)
Comment 4 QA Administrators 2016-09-20 09:37:27 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 5 Daniel Szabo 2016-09-20 10:37:56 UTC
Still a bug in Version:
Comment 6 QA Administrators 2018-06-28 02:47:55 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 7 Daniel Szabo 2018-07-11 16:08:43 UTC
Still a bug in Version: Version:
Build ID: 9b0d9b32d5dcda91d2f1a96dc04c645c450872bf
Comment 8 QA Administrators 2019-07-12 02:51:50 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 9 Daniel Szabo 2019-07-17 11:54:29 UTC
Still a bug in: Version: (x86)
Build ID: 1ec314fa52f458adc18c4f025c545a4e8b22c159

Actually, the functionality is messed up quite a bit:
- selecting the cell above the found one using the keyboard (SHIFT+UP) won't work any more
- after selecting the _visible_ cell in row 1 above the found cell using shift+mouse click Show Details will be available and will show some rows including the found one
- however, after that, clicking the leftmost "+" sign (which should show the outermost outline) will hide the found cell instead
Comment 10 QA Administrators 2021-07-17 03:43:08 UTC
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