As the Sidebar is taking more and more importance -- being soon the one-size-fits-all toolbar -- it is important to power users to be able to get to the proper Sidebar pane with as few clicks as possible (to power users, clicking is evil ;).
Thus, it would be very useful to have keyboard shortcuts dedicated to open each Sidebar panel. At least, having a keyboard shortcut to browse the panels would be fine.
Direct keyboard accelerator assignments are overdue, <F6> cycling is functional but too cumbersome.
Accelerator key assignment(s) would be to the on-click action for each Tab item in the Sidebar's Tab bar and would result in opening, or shift-to, its corresponding Content panel(s) in the Sidebar Deck.
-=Sidebar lexical aid=-
I think it would be good to have a shortcut key combination similar to :-
1) Fn + 1 (properties), Fn + 2 (styles), etc.
Pros: Easy learning curve and similar to the style used in unity's taskbar
Cons: Different shortcut due to tab orders will cause confusion between to apps
2) Fn + P (properties), Fn + S (styles), etc.
Pros: Shortcut sequence works across all apps
Cons: Learning curve more difficult as icons dont show accelerator key
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With F5 and F11 assigned to Navigator and Styles & Formatting, would think that using a block of Function keys might make sense. Of course F5 in Impress is Slide show, and Navigator there is <Ctrl><Shift>+F5
Anyhow, the entire <Atl> + Fn key block is available to use a Shortcuts (rather than mnemonic accelerators).
Idea would be that for direct "dialog" launches" the Fn key alone (except Impress) would launch in dialog mode (even though the underlaying code is GTK UI in the Sidebar Deck widget). And the <Alt>+Fn would launch into the Sidebar deck content panel.
Default Sidebar Assignments:
So these are obvious...
Alt+F11 Styles & Formatting
Need some thought/discussion
Alt+?? Master Pages
Alt+?? Custom Animation
Alt+?? Slide Transitions
And, since <Alt> is <Command> on OS X keyboards, would have to deconflict any OS use there. Also, have to watch out for OS X and other non-PC keyboard based laptops that have a <Fn> key--mainly to not use a Fn beyond 12.
Some additional ones
Alt+?? Functions (in Calc)
Alt+?? Page (coming soon to Writer and Calc in bug 83830)
Adding our mac team to give their input on what shortcuts would work well there.
So i'm assuming whatever shortcuts are chosen, the shortcut would appear in the tooltip, as presently the currently assigned ones (F5 and F11) dont show up there.
It would be useful to also define a shortcut key to enable/disable the sidebar.
(In reply to V Stuart Foote from comment #4)
> So these are obvious...
> Alt+F5 Navigator
> Alt+F11 Styles & Formatting
Alt+F11 is used globally for LibreOffice Basic
Alt+F4 is used globally to close LibreOffice
If one opens say panel Properties (imagine with a short cut). Can the panel then be used (easily) by key board navigation? If not, that needs to be solved too. Or all short cut opening is a but useless.. Not?
(In reply to Cor Nouws from comment #7)
> If one opens say panel Properties (imagine with a short cut). Can the panel
> then be used (easily) by key board navigation? If not, that needs to be
> solved too. Or all short cut opening is a but useless.. Not?
Navigation within the Sidebar Deck is pretty consistent with keyboard already <TAB>,<Shift>+<TAB> to move within each Content panel on the Deck. And then <DOWN>/<RIGHT> to go forward or <UP>/<LEFT> to go backward between the content panels and the tab bar elements.
<F10>, <F6> and their <Shift> will cycle between the Main menu, the toolbars, the Sidebar and the document canvas.
Those keyboard navigations have not changed and are pretty stable--also how we support a11y Assistive technology.
The defined global shortcuts would be in addition to these existing keyboard navigation resources. But because they'd be targeted across the UI--they would be *direct* than the <F6> cyclic shortcuts. Benefiting all keyboard users.
(In reply to V Stuart Foote from comment #8)
> Navigation within the Sidebar Deck is pretty consistent with keyboard
> already <TAB>,<Shift>+<TAB> to move within each Content panel on the Deck.
> And then <DOWN>/<RIGHT> to go forward or <UP>/<LEFT> to go backward between
> the content panels and the tab bar elements.
Thanks Stuart, I missed untill now how to get to various sub panels, but see that the <DOWN>/<RIGHT> or <UP>/<LEFT> work if the focus is on the label. Nice.
I'd like to suggest we use Ctrl + Alt as the Fn key with the combinations i mentioned in comment 2. Old combinations (e.g. F11) would supplement these sidebar specific shortcuts.
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Jim R. put this up for bug 99618
The patch code is a framework that can be used to launch any sidebar deck in any module that has a sidebar. It makes it easier for other UNO commands to be made to launch decks. Deck names are found in officecfg/registry/data/org/openoffice/Office/UI/Sidebar.xcu
Though it does not currently assign a shortcut to the SB attached instance of the Navigator. And, <F5> remains assigned to the second detached instance.
It seems UX / Design work remains to resolve the sequence of shortcuts to assign to activate each of the Decks represented on the SB's Tabbar.
Jay had suggested <Fn>+1, <Fn>+2... comment 2, and then amended that to use the <Ctrl>+<Alt>+1, <Ctrl>+<Alt>+2... sequence comment 10. I'd suggested <Alt>+<Fn1>, <Alt>+<F2>... comment 4, but agree that had some serious shortcut conflicts.
At this point, I think the <Ctrl>+<Alt> 1 - 9 sequence would work well, but it would need to keep the same deck assignments across each of the LO modules.
As discussed in previous posts, tabbar tabs deck order is not consistent across modules. For Impress, the Navigator tab is 7th in order, Styles is 5th, and Gallery is 6th. These don't match the order in Writer. Calc is different as well. Draw matches Writer for Properties, Styles, Gallery and Navigator.
Perhaps ctl+alt+<number> accelerator can be used to activate the deck in numeric sequence in the tabbar?
Created attachment 163875 [details]
Sidebar decks in 6.3 Writer-Calc-Impress-Draw
a) harmonize the sequence of decks so the Navigator is always ctrl+alt+5, for example
b) use a dediated character like ctrl+alt+<P> for properties or <N> for the Navigator (this will likely clash with other shortcuts)
c) use functions keys (voting strongly against as it is reserved for system-wide shortcuts like F1, F2 for rename, F3 search etc.), perhaps combined with a modifier key shift/ctrl/alt (this also leads to inconsistencies)
I'm for a) and this modification to the current situation (see screenshot)
6: Styles Inspector* (7.0)
7: Manage Changes*
6: Slide Transition
7: Master Slides
(v6.3 and 7.0 respectively; experimental features enabled, marked with asterisk)
(In reply to Heiko Tietze from comment #17)
> We could
> a) harmonize the sequence of decks so the Navigator is always ctrl+alt+5,
> for example
> I'm for a) and this modification to the current situation (see screenshot)
> 1: Properties
> 2: Styles
> 3: Gallery
> 4: Navigator
+1, agree this makes the most sense. But we'd need to plan for eventuality when the SideBar grows beyond 10 Deck tabs (think experimental/new features, but also extensions laying down their own SB Decks).
We wouldn't want/need to shuffle the actual SB Tabbar OrderIndex  sequencing (unless the user wanted to customize), but could still have consistency in the Shortcut cross modules.
Maybe an enum struct to hold the shortcuts globally in a block of 16 the <Ctrl>+<Alt>+[0-9a-f] -- and assign that slot to the respective SB Deck in the .XCU?
Likewise allow adjustment via the Customize dialog?
Created attachment 163954 [details]
write decks demo video
Here is effort to make UNO's for the launching sidebar decks. Included is a video demo showing use in Writer. A custom menu and custom toolbar was created for demonstration. Accelerators are assigned ctrl+alt+number order seen in the sidebar tabbar. As can be seen in the video and screenshots, the deck order has been changed as suggested by Heiko. Experimental decks are not included in this patch.
Created attachment 163955 [details]
Screen shots of Calc, Draw, Impress sidebar deck UNOs
@Jim, I have no objections to the shuffled order cross module, but it will annoy some.
As an aside, was there no means to establish UNO commands per deck and still leave the deck order / shortcut sequence user 'customizable'? The deck order and shortcut sequence seems even more rigid now. Although now there will be keyboard shortcuts, so if need be that was the main requirement.
And, I know it was just for your demo-but I kind of like seeing a 'Sidebar' menu, less so a toolbar of labels.
(In reply to V Stuart Foote from comment #21)
> As an aside, was there no means to establish UNO commands per deck and still
> leave the deck order / shortcut sequence user 'customizable'?
As the decks are UNO command it will be fully customizable. Advantage of the rigid sequence is that you not have to remember whether the Navigator is on 4 or 5 depending on deck position. It's always #4.