Bug 57494 - EDITING: Annoying seemingly-mandatory unwanted conversion of text that looks like an address to an active hyperlink.
Summary: EDITING: Annoying seemingly-mandatory unwanted conversion of text that looks ...
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
3.5.4 release
Hardware: Other All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Whiteboard: BSA
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Blocks: AutoCorrect-Complete Hyperlink
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Reported: 2012-11-24 19:38 UTC by pvk
Modified: 2021-01-31 23:05 UTC (History)
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Description pvk 2012-11-24 19:38:49 UTC
Problem description: 
Annoying seemingly-mandatory unwanted conversion of text that looks like an address to an active hyperlink.

Steps to reproduce:
1. Start a new document.
2. Type in an email address or web URL.
3. Press Space or Enter.
4. Notice it annoyingly assumes you want that to be a HYPERLINK.
5. Notice that if you hit Enter and then Backspace, it may delete your entire line, not just the hyperlink metadata.
6. Go looking in Options for how to get it to stop doing this. Waste lots of time. Find no way to do it if you are me.

Current behavior:
1. It automatically makes all addresses into hyperlinks.
2. Backspace doesn't always work well to clear only the hyperlink.
3. I can't find any option that lets me turn this auto-link-creator off.

Expected behavior:
1. Making active links in documents should be optional, not the default.
2. The place to set this option should exist and be easily findable.
3. Backspace should always not delete the whole text typed, just remove the link status.

Platform (if different from the browser): 
Ubuntu 12.04              
Browser: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Ubuntu; Linux x86_64; rv:17.0) Gecko/17.0 Firefox/17.0
Comment 1 pvk 2012-11-24 19:52:11 UTC
Ok, I finally found the way to turn this off under Tools->AutoCorrect Options->Options.

I am a thorough person who has looked for this several times and failed to find it. It should be more obvious, perhaps made available also under Tools->Options, which is where I always start looking. After all, it is not a "correction" per se, to convert text into an active link.
Comment 2 A (Andy) 2013-04-19 20:41:11 UTC
marked an enhancement request (for LO help)

Maybe it is possible to find a more intuitive way to find this option.  But I am not totally convinced whether there are better ways to integrate this.  I would say it is more important and better to amend/extent the LO help, so that the user can easily find the information how to deactivate the hyperlink recognition. 

How to find this option?
Comment 3 sdc.blanco 2021-01-31 23:05:58 UTC
(In reply to A (Andy) from comment #2)
> marked an enhancement request (for LO help)