When using the spreadsheet module clicking on file/recent documents lists the last 10 documents opened in the LO suite. This is inconvenient when looking for a specific spreadsheet which pre-dates the 10 listed documents especially if they are relevant to another module such as the word processor. Change this feature so that it displays the 10 most recent documents opened in the current module as first preference; a second preference could be made available to list documents from all modules.
Thanks for reporting this enhancement! I can't find any duplicate, therefore I mark this as NEW.
Looks like a duplicate of bug 42295.
(In reply to comment #2)
> Looks like a duplicate of bug 42295.
indeed, but that bug is closed due a not-responding reporter I guess. This is now an enhancement request :-). Thanks for hunting! (I'll place it in the 'See also' field)
This could be implemented as part of Recently Used Files list enhancement in bug 61174, point 3.
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While originally submitted against calc - spreadsheet. This enhancement is more appropriate against entire suite, especially with other bugs (bug 48960, bug 49680, etc.) being closed as duplicates of it. Adjusting component to UI.
Also, would suggest an importance of this enhancement as High, but I'll let another reviewer make that adjustment.
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clarify summary title
Just added the bug to the votelist.
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Read my comment here
" It is an essential part of LibreOffice that the modules work integrated. I.e.: one does not have to start Calc in order to start or open a spreadsheet: you can do that while working in any file.
In the same line, users will expect that they may open recent Writer documents, while working in Calc. Etc.
So I think this intentional behaviour really will not be changed. "
Most people I've seen workin gwith OO and LibreOffice (and that are a lot) see this as an advantage over other office software.
So as an option.... fine.
Longer list recent documents. Good.
Or more ideas to tweak the list: excellent too.
How about give the user the choice of how they wish to see rencent items? Is not the the real goal of open source software, to give power to users and not someone remote that had differing priorities?
Sound OK to me.
> *Comment # 13 <https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=56696#c13>
> on bug 56696 <https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=56696> from
> Michael <mailto:email@example.com> *
> How about give the user the choice of how they wish to see rencent items? Is
> not the the real goal of open source software, to give power to users and not
> someone remote that had differing priorities?
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(In reply to comment #13)
> How about give the user the choice of how they wish to see rencent items?
Ah yes, one more option. No problem for me ;)
> Is not the the real goal of open source software, to give power to users and
> not someone remote that had differing priorities?
The goal is to give users to power help to change/improve the sofware, not just to ask others to do it :)
Note that the issue already is set as an enhancement. Anyone willing to work on implemention is more then welcome. When needed, other devs are always willing to give a little help.
I strongly disagree, to the point that me (and especially my wife! She gets VERY annoyed!) would stop using LibreOffice. (and revert back to Office 97!)
The reason: because we generally use ONE program at a time. Generally Spreadsheet OR Word, rarely both! Very annoying to open Excel/ Calc and click "open" and find no excel documents in the list (only Writer/ doc files)!! :( THIS IS VERY bad, for me!
So a fix for this would be to have several types of (optional) recent docs displayed in a pull down menu.
E.g. Recent Calc; Recent Writer (.doc), etc.
Maybe these (if required) could be enabled/ disabled under the preference/ options setting.
I honestly have been looking for this since open office days and I am still waiting.... please....
@mick: thanks for the clear explanation.
Pls look at File > New .. It's one office suite, not a splitted one.
hmm apologies. Maybe I was too fast. Mixing up two things
- option to have File > Recent used documents work per module
- wish to split LibreOffice in separate programs
@Cor--correct this enhancement remains valid.
The number of bugs filed requesting similar enhancement suggests it remains a high value requirement for numerous users.
I could see consolidating under bug 61174, otherwise retain.
Additionally, 2013 GSOC work on Start Center (see bug 64088 and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Development/Gsoc/Ideas#Use_Widget_Layout_for_the_Start_Center ), as well as work for Windows OS 7+ integration-- bug 35785 -- have very substantive changes to the UX of MRU implemented in master targeted for LO 4.2.0
Users will need an opportunity to work with those enhancements and see if we've hit the mark.
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Still a valid (though IMO not useful) request.
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This has nothing to do with the start center, so not sure why it was labelled that way, as the recent documents list appear in the File menu and in the Open split button.
(In reply to Yousuf (Jay) Philips from comment #27)
> This has nothing to do with the start center, so not sure why it was
> labelled that way, as the recent documents list appear in the File menu and
> in the Open split button.
But maybe "nothing to do with start center" is a bit strong. Start Center thumbnail views are built based on what is held in the MRU list per user in their profile. In fact the preview "thumbnails" for the Start Center are held with the MRU entry per user in profile.
So, while this remains an issue for enhancement to the File -> Recent Documents menu list under meta bug 61174 -- there remains an identical issue with MRU in the graphical interface of the Start Center -- bug 80934 "START CENTER: A GUI means to filter the thumbnail view list of MRU recent documents by module" under meta bug 61914
Suspect the filtering of MRU -- by list or by thumbnail view, would be designed and developed together.
Migrating Whiteboard tags to Keywords: (needsDevEval, topicUI)
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@Xisco --> high (for dupes and CC counts)?
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I work every day with Writer and Calc in my office. So when I need a file recently closed, no matter what kind it is I could find very easy from recent documents. I consider it is ok like it is now.
One solution to close this bug could be in Options to have a checkbox with "Recently documents by module". So, who wants this option could be happy checking that checkbox. For the rest, this checkbox will be not checked.
I work a lot every day with Writer and Calc, and other programs. The recent documents of those programs are not found in the recent ones of LibreOffice, of course. So I have to go to those programs to open its recent documents.
If I go to Calc, sometimes I don't find the recent documents of Calc because... what I see in Calc are a lot of recent files of Writer.
If I go to Writer, sometimes I don't find the recent documents of Writer because... what I see in Writer are a lot of recent files of Calc.
Bug #130508 had a UI proposal/mockup that allowed solving the problem while satisfying both types of users without needing an option for it.
(In reply to Jean-François Fortin Tam from comment #36)
> Bug #130508 had a UI proposal/mockup that allowed solving the problem while
> satisfying both types of users without needing an option for it.
Thanks for taking effort to do that proposal.
For the menu under gtk3 that would be possible, was you write.
Alternatively, under file we could have two entries:
Recent <XYZ> Documents
Two columns or two menu's seems impossible for the start center.
What about the next?
 Current document type only
- - - -
<file 1 >
<file .. >
Which of course should retain the chosen setting..
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(Coming from the askbot site. https://ask.libreoffice.org/en/question/300334/can-writer-recent-documents-only-show-text-documents/ and similar questions are to find there.)
It may already have been posted, but I couldn't find this suggestion:
Make the first item under the menu item >File>Recent_Documents a link to a next-level submenu outlining the types.
So far it's only UI-related. In addition each one of the outlined lists may show more of the special part of the history than the all-types item does.
It's strange, this enhancement request hasn't been solved yet, after 8+ years!
I have LibreOfice 188.8.131.52. The home screen of LibreOffice (called "Start Center"?) seems fine.
***Let's just talk about Recent Documents.***
The Recent Documents doesn't seems satisfying to me. I read various suggestions. My suggestion is to show only spreadsheet files in Calc's Recent Documents list, and show only document files in Writer's Recent Documents list.
Here one may argue that people love to have option to open all kinds of recently opened files from single point - Recent Documents - from all/any LibreOffice module. Then, to let users' choose, an option should be provided in LibreOffice settings if they want to view all types of files in all modules or only files of only the particular module they are in.
For the users supporting my suggestion (and optionally with an option in LibreOffice Settings - as mentioned above) - if a user is presently using Writer and he wants to open recent spreadsheet then he can create a new spreadsheet and open the recent spreadsheet from it's Recent Documents list. Only one step is increased, but seems more convenient.
(One more optional suggestion is to rename the "Recent Documents" to "Recent Files" for obvious reason - not all files are documents.)