Bug 74317 - Aligning items could be simpler
Summary: Aligning items could be simpler
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: UI (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: Other All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
: 74734 (view as bug list)
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Blocks: Object-Selection-Alignment Grid-Helplines
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Reported: 2014-02-01 12:56 UTC by Tin Man
Modified: 2020-06-19 13:47 UTC (History)
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Description Tin Man 2014-02-01 12:56:36 UTC
Aligning floating objects would be much simpler if LibreOffice featured alignment guides. To see how alignment guides work, see http://www.pixelmator.com/tutorials/featured/alignment-guides/ .
Comment 1 Tomaz Vajngerl 2014-02-02 13:02:02 UTC
Yes, this is badly needed in Draw and Impress.
Comment 2 Cor Nouws 2014-02-03 11:10:50 UTC
Knowing the split code base, indeed would be most usefull to add it to Draw/Impress initially IMO
Comment 3 Tomaz Vajngerl 2014-02-13 17:22:45 UTC
*** Bug 74734 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 4 yogeshg 2018-09-20 01:53:28 UTC
This is similar to Bug #76070.

Came here looking to file a bug about live-alignment guides. This is lacking in all of the LO Suite.


When clicking and dragging an element like an image or a table across the canvas, live guides automatically show and allow for the element being dragged to snap against it. Sometimes the guides show top lines against nearby elements like paragraph; sometimes the guides show up bisecting the canvas in the middle or center (or both); better still, guides may be shown at 25%, 50% and 75% of the length or the breadth of the canvas too.

The easiest implementation IMO is to show all the guides by default whenever an element is being dragged. The more intuitive option is to show (vertical / horizontal) guides depending on the direction of the drag and depending on the position relative to nearby elements.


Writer, Impress and Draw.
Comment 5 yogeshg 2018-09-20 01:55:04 UTC
(In reply to Tin Man from comment #0)
> alignment guides. To see how alignment guides work, see
> http://www.pixelmator.com/tutorials/featured/alignment-guides/ .

Link is no longer valid, I think.
Comment 6 yogeshg 2018-09-21 11:10:32 UTC
Alignment guides are available already to a certain extent in the current version of LO. I am on (v6.1.1.2 on Linux). 

On Impress and Writer: View -> Grid and Helplines -> Helplines while moving. 

Right now, the helplines are just displayed independent of the rest of the elements in the page. Therefore, we need to use visual acuity and motor skills to align items.

One can hold down "shift" while dragging an element in the slide to lock the drag direction to either horizontal or vertical. 

No snap yet because the helplines are just projections of the border of the dragged element.