Bug 73953 - UI Writer, enhancement request: Allow adjustment of comment bar width
Summary: UI Writer, enhancement request: Allow adjustment of comment bar width
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
: 119687 125632 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Blocks: Writer-Comments
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Reported: 2014-01-23 03:26 UTC by tiamistiam
Modified: 2021-11-15 01:50 UTC (History)
12 users (show)

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Comment section Change width (71.82 KB, image/jpeg)
2019-02-10 18:43 UTC, Elshan
Screenshot of the comments bar (71.82 KB, image/jpeg)
2019-02-10 18:48 UTC, Elshan

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Description tiamistiam 2014-01-23 03:26:15 UTC
Allow the user to adjust the width of the comment bar independent of other settings. 

Right now the comment bar is a fixed size in print layout, and can only be adjust in web layout by zooming in to make text larger.
Comment 1 Jean-Baptiste Faure 2014-01-25 12:45:32 UTC
I support this enhancement request.

Best regards. JBF
Comment 2 Preston Maness 2014-08-28 04:00:53 UTC
I too support this feature request. As it stands, collaboration quickly becomes cluttered as the length and number of comments on any given page grows.
Comment 3 Maris Nartiss 2017-08-29 08:30:36 UTC
This has been requested also in bug 97341 and as a part of bug 95958
Comment 4 Ted Lee 2018-07-13 17:51:53 UTC
For what it's worth, I'd like to endorse this enhancement too.  There is a "format comment" menu entry, but what it brings up is the ability to change the attributes of the characters used in comments.  I'd like to suggest adding an additional feature in the dialogue that comes up that allows you to set the width of the comment box.  (I happen to be using LO Version: on a Mac.)  Or it could be a part of the general preferences dialogues somewhere.
Comment 5 Lars Jødal 2018-09-04 13:31:24 UTC
*** Bug 119687 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 6 Elshan 2019-02-10 18:43:42 UTC
Created attachment 149069 [details]
Comment section Change width
Comment 7 Elshan 2019-02-10 18:48:31 UTC
Created attachment 149070 [details]
Screenshot of the comments bar

My laptop is Dell XPS 12 9q23. The screen size is 12'. The resolution is 1080p.

The version I am using is My problem is also related with a narrow width of the comment section. I have attached the screenshot.
Comment 8 Dieter 2019-06-02 08:15:06 UTC
*** Bug 125632 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 9 DarkTrick 2019-06-04 03:09:29 UTC
I also vote for this feature.
Comment 10 Gauthier 2020-11-06 08:41:28 UTC
I'd say that this feature is very important! LO is a great piece of software but working with document with lots of comments is still a big issue. It's hardly possible to follow. The visible part of a comment is tiny (you have to scroll within the comment which makes it hard to follow); comments are not aligned with the text, etc.
I had to open the doc with LO online to be able to work (which handles the display of comments a bit better, though also has issues). As much as I resent Google, LO could do with getting a little inspiration from Google Docs hen it comes to usability.
Since collaboration on docs has become very normal, I thin it should be a priority for LO to address the redesign of the comment function.

Adjusting the width of the comment column/pane seems like good first step to address issues with the display of comments.

In addition, making it easier and more dynamic to select comments in a doc so it's more aligned with where the comment relates to in the text (again, in docs with lots of comments it's currently difficult sometimes to find / select the right comment).
Comment 11 dww 2021-02-08 23:58:14 UTC
In sw/source/uibase/docvw/PostItMgr.cxx, function SwPostItMgr::GetSidebarWidth()

I edited the line

    tools::ULong aWidth = static_cast<tools::ULong>(nZoom * 1.8);

and changed it to 

    tools::ULong aWidth = static_cast<tools::ULong>(nZoom * 4.0);

This works nicely on my local build, giving me wider comments.  Seems that it should be easy enough to provide this value as a user preference rather than hard-compiled in.
Comment 12 DarkTrick 2021-02-09 01:54:48 UTC
dww: Thank you for your work!

For this change we essentially need 3 things:
1) Find location of code for comment bar width
2) Make the width value a user setting
3) Provide UI to change bar width (I guess mouse-dragging is a good option here)

Now we got (1) done. 👍️
Comment 13 Lars Jødal 2021-02-09 06:00:37 UTC
*** Bug 97341 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 14 poussier.un 2021-04-18 21:56:22 UTC Comment hidden (me-too)
Comment 15 Gauthier 2021-11-06 08:49:53 UTC
Hello, do we know from any of the LO devs if there is a plan for implementing this feature?