The choice to open a recent file with a single click or a double click should not be hard coded in LibreOffice but taken from the File Manager configuration
For example, if I configured Nautilus to use a double click, it is not consistent to use a single click in LibreOffice.
Another possibility is to make this choice configurable.
Best regards. JBF
+1 from me. I always find myself double clicking on Start Center recent items, and it is very non-native.
If it is going to be there should be some mouse-on-hover background or something that implies single click.
Recent files area should mimick the file manager, if possible use the same api or services, not rediscover the America.
Also, while the document is opening, the mouse pointer should turn into an "hourglass" (wait) shape.
Mouse over effect ( http://cgit.freedesktop.org/libreoffice/core/commit/?id=f655b23d57f234c0e92255302353f2a0a3fad487 ) resolves immediate issues.
Adjusting remaining request for behavior consistent with OS file management to be an enhancement.
There is no reason to select items in recent files pane.
They should be opened by the single click, unconditionally.
(In reply to comment #4)
> There is no reason to select items in recent files pane.
> They should be opened by the single click, unconditionally.
Would disagree, in that from a user perspective, following what their OS norm is really is the correct behavior, i.e. a single or a double click.
But it does add dev complexity in forcing the GTK+ UI Widgets to follow the OS or DTE behavior.
It is a god-damned menu. No one will double-click menus.
(In reply to comment #6)
> It is a god-damned menu. No one will double-click menus.
Huh? Are you sure you are thinking of the correct elements?
The Start Center recent items panel provides a GUI representation of the 25 recently used documents. Each is a GTK+ UI Widget object instantiation that responds to mouse and key board actions.
The same list of recent documents IS available as a menu list from the File -> Recent Documents menu. Those can be navigated with mouse (single click) or key board movement (U,D,L,R) to select and <return> to open.
The GNOME HIG  says:
“… Double click should not be used, since it is undiscoverable, and translates poorly to touch input.”
> Recent files area should mimick the file manager, […] not rediscover the America.
No. We are not a file manager, and we shouldn’t pretend we are one. Double-clicks were introduced in file managers because a single-click would only highlight (select) an element, and taking that selecting-versus-executing dichotomy to the Start Center only adds unnecessary usage complexity and slows down the simple operation of opening something.
Also, double-click is an obsolete action pattern, which is also difficult to reproduce for many people without fine motor skills.
Today, I tend to agree with Adolfo Jaime (comment #8) because it seems that the behavior of the StartCenter changed since I reported this issue. If I remember well at that time, if you moved the mouse cursor over a document thumbnail, it was not clear that the document was select. It not the case anymore.
That said, considering that our users are mainly using MS-Windows OS, it is not obvious for me if Gnome HIG is relevant.
Best regards. JBF
> […] considering that our users are mainly using MS-Windows OS, it is
> not obvious for me if Gnome HIG is relevant.
Well, given that we’ve redesigned all our dialogs based off it, I’d say it’s pretty relevant ;-)