Bug 61818 - Add Option to "Close Dialog after Insert" on Insert ->Field -> Others -> Statistics -> Words
Summary: Add Option to "Close Dialog after Insert" on Insert ->Field -> Others -> Stat...
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: Other All
: low enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: needsUXEval
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Blocks: Fields
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Reported: 2013-03-04 22:32 UTC by Kjell Arne Rekaa
Modified: 2021-03-24 11:00 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Show parts of a screen where the widget is opened and moved manually to the right (78.62 KB, image/png)
2013-03-04 22:32 UTC, Kjell Arne Rekaa

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Description Kjell Arne Rekaa 2013-03-04 22:32:58 UTC
Created attachment 75923 [details]
Show parts of a screen where the widget is opened and moved manually to the right

This problem may apply to several  items, but is tested for on both Ubuntu and OSX, but here demonstrated for adding the Words-counting field into a ODT-document:

Howto test it:
1. Place cursor after a text, e.g. "Wordcound: "
2. Insert --> Field --> Others... --> Statistics --> Words --> [Insert]
3. Since the widget is hiding the cursor, nothing seems to happen
4. It is tempting to press "Insert" again, and after "Cancel" the widget then ...
5. ... maybe severel fields are added

1. When "Insert" is pressed, remove the widget (as done in other functions)

The attached screenshot shows the Words-field, due a manual movement of the widget ...
Comment 1 Kjell Arne Rekaa 2013-03-04 22:40:15 UTC
Tested on LibreOffice Writer on both:

1. Mac OS X 10.7.5 running on a MacBook
2. Ubuntu 12.10 (64 bit OS) running on a HP EliteBook 6930p
Comment 2 Jorendc 2013-03-05 22:42:52 UTC
Thanks for reporting!

This is a very dubious one I think. Some users might use this "feature" to add several fields at once. Others, like in your case, this might be 'not userfriendly'.

Therefore I'll try get the advice of the UX-team (UX = user experience).

You can follow the discussion on http://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/libreoffice-ux-advise/2013-March/thread.html

Kind regards,
Comment 3 Joel Madero 2013-04-15 00:49:36 UTC
Joren - any word from UX? If not, I say we mark as enhancement request with the caveat that it might not be implemented, if/when UX sees it, they can decide what to do. My opinion is perhaps a check mark that says "close dialog after insert" or some such thing, if user checks this, when they push insert, dialog closes, else it remains open as it functions now.
Comment 4 Joel Madero 2013-04-16 20:05:51 UTC

New (confirmed, valid request) - no promise this will be implemented, UX may say no go.
Low - won't affect many users, once a user knows that insert is working will know to close dialog manually, not that big of an inconvenience
Comment 5 Joel Madero 2013-04-16 20:06:08 UTC
Forgot about this point :)

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Comment 6 Buovjaga 2021-03-24 08:02:42 UTC
Design team: as this concerns adding an option, I think you should take a look
Comment 7 Heiko Tietze 2021-03-24 11:00:59 UTC
The dialog is intentionally amodal and remains open after inserting one field because a typical workflow adds more than one field like [current page]/[total page numbers]. Surely there are situations when you want to insert just one field but it is quite simple to press escape to close the dialog. The mentioned checkbox would clutter the dialog for no good reason. And since small size and low-res screens are dying the problem is going to become obsolete.