Bug 72910 - FORMATTING: Column Break in a new DOC file in Writer
Summary: FORMATTING: Column Break in a new DOC file in Writer
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: All All
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Whiteboard: BSA
Keywords: filter:doc
Depends on:
Blocks: DOC
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Reported: 2013-12-20 11:38 UTC by Abram
Modified: 2020-06-16 10:34 UTC (History)
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It's a blank .DOC A3 page with 2 columns, a column break in column 1 and a line of text in column 2. (9.00 KB, application/msword)
2013-12-20 11:38 UTC, Abram

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Description Abram 2013-12-20 11:38:12 UTC
Created attachment 91035 [details]
It's a blank .DOC A3 page with 2 columns, a column break in column 1 and a line of text in column 2.

Problem description: 

In a new DOC file, with A3 landscape format and two columns, the column break in page 1 isn't saved by Writer, so i save and close the file with the column break inserted, after i reopen the file and the column break is not manteined. 
I resolve if the DOC file has been saved in ODT, RTF or DOCX format, then re-saved in DOC file.

Steps to reproduce:
1. Create a new Writer file
2. Set A3 in Landscape and 2 columns
3. Insert a column brake in page 1 and text in column 2
4. Save as .DOC file
5. Close the file
6. Re-open the file
7. You'll see that the column break has been deleted, and the text is all in column 1.
8. Re-open the document, re-insert the column break and save the document as RTF,DOCX or ODT, finally close it.
9. Open the document and you'll see it mantains the column break.
10. Save as DOC format and exit.
11. Re-open the document in DOC format and you'll see that is ok.

Current behavior:
The column break is not manteined by Writer, only if i work from the beginning in DOC format without using any other format.
If i first save in ODT, DOCX or RTF format, then i re-save in DOC, the problem doesn't occur.

Expected behavior:
The column break has to be manteined always into the DOC file, and in general with any used format.
Operating System: Windows 7
Version: release
Comment 1 Jean-Baptiste Faure 2013-12-21 17:52:18 UTC
Reproducible for me under Ubuntu 13.10 x86-64 with LibreOffice and 4.1.4

It seems that the problem occurs only if the first column is empty.
Workaround: insert a blank character in the first column.

Best regards. JBF
Comment 2 QA Administrators 2015-04-19 03:19:51 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 3 Gordo 2015-04-21 17:47:08 UTC
Still reproducible.

After step 3, right click on first paragraph in column 2 -> Paragraph -> Text Flow tab -> Breaks has Insert Column Before (With page style is not greyed out).  After step 6, right click on first paragraph in column 1 -> Paragraph -> Text Flow tab -> Breaks has Insert Page Before With page style, Default Style, and Page number 0.  Changing it back to Column does not insert the break.

I did some testing with setting the column and page break on paragraphs in a new document.  Changing those settings on the first paragraph of a document does not create a break.  Only on subsequent paragraphs does it create breaks.  It is probably because there is nothing before it.

Build ID: c4c7d32d0d49397cad38d62472b0bc8acff48dd6
Comment 4 QA Administrators 2016-09-20 09:31:56 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 5 Jean-Baptiste Faure 2016-09-25 15:04:29 UTC
Still reproducible in LO and current master, both built at home under Ubuntu 16.04 x86-64.

Best regards. JBF
Comment 6 QA Administrators 2017-12-11 08:54:09 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 7 QA Administrators 2019-12-12 03:40:22 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete, spam)
Comment 8 Justin L 2020-06-16 10:34:28 UTC
repro 7.1+