Bug 78662 - Add "LibreOffice Community" subfolder to OS start menu
Summary: Add "LibreOffice Community" subfolder to OS start menu
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Installation (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Blocks: Desktop-Integration
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Reported: 2014-05-13 13:25 UTC by Björn Michaelsen
Modified: 2020-03-09 13:28 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Description Björn Michaelsen 2014-05-13 13:25:59 UTC
On Windows, deeper menu structures are common in the start menu. Thus I suggest to add a subfolder "LibreOffice Community" with links to helpful resources.

start menu
- LibreOffice folder
-- LibreOffice
-- LibreOffice Writer
-- LibreOffice Calc
-- ...
-- LibreOffice Community
--- User-to-User Support (link to ask.libreoffice.org)
--- LibreOffice wiki (link to the TDF wiki)
--- LibreOffice Users chat (link to user freenode webchat)
--- News from the Community (link to planet.documentfoundation.org)

Bugzilla/BSA should not be there -- someone who knows nothing about these things will not be very happy about the response there (e.g. because of incomplete report for inexperience etc.). Better he/she learns about bugzilla on ask.libreoffice.orhg

If the ux-advise team is ok with this, it likely can be turned into an Easy Hack.
Comment 1 V Stuart Foote 2014-05-13 14:14:38 UTC

Setting to Enhancement and as NEW.

But, I am not sure this makes a lot of sense. Especially with the elimination of the Start Menu with Windows 8 onward (still there but deeply suppressed).

If this were to go anywhere, I would think that onto the general use Help menu and available to all OS implementations.
Comment 2 retired 2014-05-14 22:45:08 UTC
+1 for VSF suggestions (general Help menu + all OS)
Comment 3 Björn Michaelsen 2014-05-15 13:03:05 UTC
wrt all OS: e.g. on Linux there is no deep menu structure: there is a (distro/desktop-defined) top level "category", were LibreOffice falls in "Office" or "Productivity" and there are no further subfolders below.

See http://standards.freedesktop.org/desktop-entry-spec/latest/
Comment 4 Stefan Knorr (astron) 2014-05-15 13:54:19 UTC
Like Stuart, I am not sure this request is very useful.

+ Afaik, Microsoft generally does not like the developer habit of using the
  start menu to link to web pages, uninstallers etc.

+ Windows 8 now has a Start screen that only supports one level of

+ On Linux, Björn's comment 3 applies.

+ On OS X, there is no such thing as a menu, just a dock & an application

Seems like a better idea to me to update http://qa.libreoffice.org/feedback
with links to the wiki and chat.
The libreoffice.org already contains plenty of news, so no need to link to that, imho.
Comment 5 Björn Michaelsen 2014-05-15 15:48:53 UTC
(In reply to comment #4)
> Seems like a better idea to me to update http://qa.libreoffice.org/feedback
> with links to the wiki and chat.
> The libreoffice.org already contains plenty of news, so no need to link to
> that, imho.

So hiding this below "Help" doesnt benefit us much, but in the fancy new start center we have:

|Help | Extensions |

in the lower left corner. How about making that:

|   Get Involved    |
|     Feedback      |
| Help | Extensions |

with "Get Involved" linking to http://www.libreoffice.org/community/get-involved/ and feedback linking to http://qa.libreoffice.org/feedback. Putting "Get Involved" on the top would be quite essential to raise awareness of this being a community effort and helping users to get out of a pure consumer mindset ...
Comment 6 mahfiaz 2015-04-08 23:00:38 UTC
So is 2015 finally the year of LibO?

Kidding. I like the idea.
Comment 7 Yousuf Philips (jay) (retired) 2015-04-11 10:53:57 UTC
Agree with Bjorn this should be included in Windows in the start menu as i've seem many applications do the same thing and Windows XP and Windows 7 have a larger user base than Windows 8 and Windows 10 brings back the start menu as it was before.

Including it in the help is also a good idea as there is more than enough space as it only has 5 entries.
Comment 8 Xisco Faulí 2020-03-09 13:28:07 UTC
Please add keyword 'needsUXEval' and CC 'libreoffice-ux-advise@lists.freedesktop.org' if input from UX is needed.