Bug 70142 - Make numbering, fields and other dynamic text searchable
Summary: Make numbering, fields and other dynamic text searchable
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
: 81388 87328 94110 126869 145480 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Blocks: Find-Search Fields
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Reported: 2013-10-04 16:19 UTC by kaesezeh
Modified: 2023-11-08 15:19 UTC (History)
9 users (show)

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Test doc (8.72 KB, application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text)
2013-10-06 02:30 UTC, Mike Kaganski

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Description kaesezeh 2013-10-04 16:19:45 UTC
Create any document with automated (!) paragraph numbering such as 

1. X
1.1 X
1.2 X
1.2.1 X
1.2.2 X

and search for a numbering you see on the screen - Writer doesn't find it.
Comment 1 Cor Nouws 2013-10-04 20:56:11 UTC

You could maybe use the Navigator (F5) ?
Comment 2 Mike Kaganski 2013-10-06 02:30:20 UTC
Created attachment 87173 [details]
Test doc

In the attached document, there is a numbered list, a field and a table with a formula. Trying to search for numbers 1-6 (numbering and field) gives no matches, while 7 is found in table.
Comment 3 Mike Kaganski 2013-10-06 02:46:22 UTC
This is a valid enhancement request.

While it's possible to use Navigator to handle numbered lists, it's impossible to do with fields. And it's not intuitive to get no results searching for a text visible on screen.

While the searched text can be created on-demand (and thus may not be present in the ODT), it should be present in memory representation of the document, and thus should be searchable.

NEW - reproducible with and AOO 4.0 under Win7x64
normal - it would enhance consistency in UI (different dynamic content entities such as fields, numberings will behave the same as formulas in tables)
Comment 4 sophie 2014-07-16 12:47:23 UTC
*** Bug 81388 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 5 Buovjaga 2015-09-19 16:00:22 UTC
*** Bug 94110 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 6 Dieter 2019-08-20 16:13:46 UTC
*** Bug 126869 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 7 Regina Henschel 2019-12-06 19:44:04 UTC
Especially the missing search for Bibliography references is annoying in large documents like the ODF specification.

For other fields, the Edit Field dialog allows to traverse the fields. Such workaround does not exists for Bibliography references.
Comment 8 Stéphane Guillou (stragu) 2022-01-01 13:28:39 UTC
Still reproducible as per comment 2 in:

Version: / LibreOffice Community
Build ID: 840fe2f57ae5ad80d62bfa6e25550cb10ddabd1d
CPU threads: 4; OS: Linux 5.4; UI render: default; VCL: gtk3
Locale: en-AU (en_AU.UTF-8); UI: en-US
Calc: threaded
Comment 9 Mike Kaganski 2022-05-05 06:26:27 UTC
*** Bug 87328 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 10 Heiko Tietze 2022-05-23 07:11:06 UTC
*** Bug 145480 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***