Bug 67619 - Allow Editing Captions for Images
Summary: Allow Editing Captions for Images
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: All All
: low enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Blocks: Caption 59801
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Reported: 2013-08-01 13:52 UTC by chris_siller
Modified: 2020-01-18 23:37 UTC (History)
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Description chris_siller 2013-08-01 13:52:05 UTC
I observe an inconsistency in the right-click menu on an inserted Graphic / Drawing:

Selecting any of the following menu items allows the user to EDIT pre-existing settings: Position/Size, Name, Description

But selecting the menu item "caption" does NOT allow user to EDIT an already existing caption, but only to insert an *additional* caption. This is very confusing to the user.

So I suggest to either

-change the Caption dialog which is available through the right-click menu so that it is already populated with an existing caption (if one exists). This is the best option because it would allow user to actually change things about the caption (like the numbering style, the category, etc etc). Right now, the only way to change a caption (other than simple text changes) is to delete an existing caption and insert a new one with the new settings. This is pretty stupid since there *IS* already a dialog with the settings, but it isn't used to changing settings...


-change the menu item to "insert caption" - this will at least signal the user that he needs to find another way to EDIT a caption (by editing the text directly / by deleting and re-inserting the caption).
Comment 1 Joel Madero 2013-08-01 16:48:32 UTC
Thank you for reporting this enhancement request! I can confirm that this is a valid enhancement request on:
Version: ID: b0a1666f756aa5f5315366eca9d7d02ddd55d2b
Date:   Tue May 28 08:51:01 2013 +0300 
Platform: Bodhi Linux 2.2 x64
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As I've been able to confirm the enhancement request I am marking as.

New (confirmed)
Low - not a very popular feature to begin with, also doesn't break anything just would make someone's workflow move a little better. 

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Comment 2 Dennis Schridde 2017-08-12 09:34:32 UTC
Fixing this currently requires editing the XML.

See-Also: https://ask.libreoffice.org/en/question/39036/how-to-remove-or-edit-caption-category/
Comment 3 sdc.blanco 2020-01-18 01:23:01 UTC
In version, right-click on Image or Shape, shows "Insert Caption" -- which was one of the suggestions.  So closing this as WFM.
Comment 4 sdc.blanco 2020-01-18 23:31:39 UTC
(In reply to chris_siller from comment #0)

> Right now, the only way to change a caption (other than simple text changes)
> is to delete an existing caption and insert a new one with the new settings.
Note that the caption is inserted with a paragraph style.  You can change the Style to change the category, numbering, font, etc.  Also, there may be additional Options available (since the original report) when inserting a caption. The LibreOffice Writer Guide 6.0 (pp. 245-247) provides some advice.