Bug 74374 - UI: 'marching ants' doesn't stay with copied cells when rows are inserted
Summary: UI: 'marching ants' doesn't stay with copied cells when rows are inserted
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Calc (show other bugs)
Version:
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3.3.0 release
Hardware: All All
: low trivial
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Keywords: implementationError
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Blocks: Calc-UX Cell-Selection
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Reported: 2014-02-02 12:54 UTC by dg1727
Modified: 2019-09-08 21:22 UTC (History)
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Description dg1727 2014-02-02 12:54:43 UTC
1.  Create a new Calc document.  
2.  Enter a value into a cell, say cell A1.  
3.  Select row 1.  
4.  Press Ctrl-c to copy the row.  This starts the "marching ants" animation.  
5.  Right-click the row label & choose "Insert Rows Above."  This moves the copied value down to row 2.  The "marching ants" animation disappears for the time being.  Row 1 (now with blank contents) is still selected.  
6.  Click a cell that isn't in row 1.  The "marching ants" will then reappear on row 1.  
7.  Select a row other than row 1 or 2.  
8.  Press Ctrl-v to paste.  What gets pasted is the contents copied in step 4, not the (blank) contents of the row that has the marching ants.  

The user would expect that, in step 5, the marching ants will move down to follow the cell contents that will be used for a subsequent paste.  

LibreOffice 4.1.4.2 on Ubuntu 13.04.
Comment 1 Dominique Boutry 2014-02-03 15:24:54 UTC
Reproduced with LibO 4.2.0.4 on Win7.

For what I see :
- Excel 97 get rid of this trouble by disallowing the "insert [rows above]" when there is something selected with the "marching ants" animation.
- Apache OpenOffice.org get rid of this trouble by not using the "marching ants" animation.

The right behaviour is complex : what is best between :
- data is effectively copied at the time one presses Ctrl-C ; the trouble raises from the fact that the "marching ants" animation remains, and that it will probably be impossible to make it stick with copied data while it follows the subsequent work (inserting/deleting rows/columns, etc.) before the paste,
- or: the ctrl-c serves only to set the "marching ants", nothing is effectively copied at this time; the data pointed to by the "marching ants" is copied only when pasted.

Status kept to UNCONFIRMED, in order to get additionnal comments.
Comment 2 pierre-yves samyn 2014-06-22 08:40:36 UTC
Hi

I reproduce on windows 7/64 & Version: 4.2.5.1
Build ID: 881bb88abfe2992c6cede97c23e64a9885de87de
and
Version: 4.3.0.1
Build ID: 67f5430184326974072b65403ef1d9d934fc4481

(In reply to comment #0)
> The user would expect that, in step 5, the marching ants will move down to
> follow the cell contents that will be used for a subsequent paste.  

I agree.

This demand all the more justified that step 8 is not necessary: the copy process is in progress, simply select a destination and press the Enter key for the copied selection is pasted. This is what "marching ants" means.

I set status to New

Regards
Pierre-Yves
Comment 3 QA Administrators 2016-02-21 08:35:52 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 4 QA Administrators 2017-03-06 15:23:02 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 5 Timur 2019-08-30 08:31:18 UTC
Repro 6.4+. Marching ants were introduced in LO 3.3, not inherited from OO. Can be marked implementationError. This is trivial.