Bug 63374 - calc gives no visual clue about enter/edit cell mode
Summary: calc gives no visual clue about enter/edit cell mode
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Calc (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: Other All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: needsUXEval
: 116447 (view as bug list)
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Blocks: Calc-UX Cell-Edit-Mode
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Reported: 2013-04-10 11:45 UTC by almos
Modified: 2018-12-28 00:01 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

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Description almos 2013-04-10 11:45:56 UTC
Calc mimics the behavior of MS Excel: start typing into a cell, and you get into 'Enter' mode (enter/tab/cursor keys commit and step to an other cell), and F2 activates 'Edit' mode (only enter/tab commit changes). However, Excel shows the current state in the status bar, whereas Calc doesn't. This is highly confusing.

UI: this whole Enter/Edit distinction seems totally wrong to me, but it's worth keeping for compatibility with Excel.
Comment 1 tommy27 2014-01-02 14:20:08 UTC
confirmed. enhancement request. inherited from OOo.

how exactly Excel gives such a visual clue? could you provide a screenshot or description?
Comment 2 almos 2014-01-02 15:19:30 UTC
In excel the cell mode is shown in the bottom left corner (on the statusbar). See
Comment 3 almos 2014-12-06 13:57:28 UTC
Any update on this? I think this is a major usability problem in Calc.
Comment 4 Buovjaga 2018-03-17 16:43:36 UTC
*** Bug 116447 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 5 Thomas Lendo 2018-12-28 00:01:28 UTC
Adding needsUXEval to discuss the possible implementation(s) within the design/UX team.