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Bug 56696 - No option to make recent documents list show items for just the currently active LibO module
Summary: No option to make recent documents list show items for just the currently act...
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: UI (show other bugs)
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(earliest affected)
unspecified
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
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Keywords: needsDevEval, topicUI
: 42295 48960 49680 59058 62359 67158 73743 83974 98161 (view as bug list)
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Blocks: Recent-Document-List
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Reported: 2012-11-02 20:29 UTC by sionii
Modified: 2018-11-05 00:01 UTC (History)
17 users (show)

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Description sionii 2012-11-02 20:29:06 UTC
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.
Comment 1 Jorendc 2013-02-10 23:32:46 UTC
Thanks for reporting this enhancement! I can't find any duplicate, therefore I mark this as NEW.

Kind regards,
Joren
Comment 2 Johnny_M 2013-02-20 15:04:53 UTC
Looks like a duplicate of bug 42295.
Comment 3 Jorendc 2013-02-20 15:29:23 UTC
(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)
Comment 4 Johnny_M 2013-02-20 16:31:33 UTC
This could be implemented as part of Recently Used Files list enhancement in bug 61174, point 3.
Comment 5 bfoman (inactive) 2013-03-10 00:11:36 UTC
*** Bug 48960 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 6 V Stuart Foote 2013-03-10 03:09:28 UTC
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.
Comment 7 bfoman (inactive) 2013-03-15 16:02:18 UTC
*** Bug 62359 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 8 V Stuart Foote 2013-03-15 16:28:20 UTC
clarify summary title
Comment 9 Jože Klepec 2013-03-15 22:31:07 UTC
Just added the bug to the votelist.
Comment 10 bfoman (inactive) 2013-06-21 07:31:50 UTC
*** Bug 59058 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 11 bfoman (inactive) 2013-07-23 15:07:11 UTC
*** Bug 67158 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 12 Cor Nouws 2013-07-23 16:15:01 UTC
Hi :)

Read my comment here
  https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=67158#c1

" 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.

Ah well...
Comment 13 Michael 2013-09-23 10:52:50 UTC
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?
Comment 14 sionii 2013-09-23 11:48:27 UTC
Sound OK to me.

bugzilla-daemon@freedesktop.org wrote:
> *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:mhb@pennlinen.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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Comment 15 Cor Nouws 2013-09-23 13:50:40 UTC
(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.
Comment 16 Mick Florey 2013-09-24 10:28:20 UTC
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....
Comment 17 Cor Nouws 2013-09-24 14:18:39 UTC
@mick: thanks for the clear explanation.
Pls look at File > New .. It's one office suite, not a splitted one.
Regards,
Cor
Comment 18 Cor Nouws 2013-09-24 14:57:10 UTC
hmm apologies. Maybe I was too fast. Mixing up two things
 - option to have File > Recent used documents work per module
 (OK)
 - wish to split LibreOffice in separate programs
 (Not OK)
Comment 19 V Stuart Foote 2013-09-24 16:41:54 UTC
@Cor--correct this enhancement remains valid.

The number of bugs filed requesting similar enhancement suggests it remains a high value requirement for numerous users.

bug 42295
bug 48960
bug 49680
bug 59058
bug 62359

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.

Stuart
Comment 20 tommy27 2013-09-24 17:03:32 UTC
*** Bug 69739 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 21 pierre-yves samyn 2014-01-17 16:30:33 UTC
*** Bug 73743 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 22 Jorendc 2014-09-22 09:16:55 UTC
*** Bug 83974 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 23 V Stuart Foote 2014-10-09 16:23:31 UTC
*** Bug 42295 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 24 V Stuart Foote 2014-10-09 16:24:03 UTC
*** Bug 49680 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 25 Cor Nouws 2014-11-04 20:55:44 UTC
Still a valid (though IMO not useful) request.
  > New
Comment 26 Adolfo Jayme 2015-01-04 10:48:45 UTC
*** Bug 80934 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 27 Yousuf Philips (jay) (retired) 2015-11-01 14:29:28 UTC
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.
Comment 28 V Stuart Foote 2015-11-01 15:14:28 UTC
(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.

+1, 

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.
Comment 29 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2015-12-13 11:24:01 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 30 Adolfo Jayme 2016-02-25 00:54:38 UTC
*** Bug 98161 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***