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Bug 85350 - TOOLBAR: Expanding 'Insert Field' drop down with submenus
Summary: TOOLBAR: Expanding 'Insert Field' drop down with submenus
Status: RESOLVED WONTFIX
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
Version:
(earliest affected)
4.4.0.0.alpha0+ Master
Hardware: Other All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Keywords: needsUXEval
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Blocks: Writer-Toolbars
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Reported: 2014-10-23 02:04 UTC by Yousuf Philips (jay) (retired)
Modified: 2019-07-31 18:22 UTC (History)
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Description Yousuf Philips (jay) (retired) 2014-10-23 02:04:37 UTC
With the addition of the 'Insert Field' button to Writer's toolbar in master, it would be useful to not only provide the insertion of the default format of each fields, but to also provide commonly used alternatives found in the fields dialog, as well as combinations and useful formats. This can be achieved with sub menus.

Presently, the drop down is as follows.

Page Number
Page Count
Date
Time
Title
Author
Subject
- separator -
More Fields...

I would like to propose something along these lines for the Page Number, Date, and Time entries.

Page Number >
 #
 # of ##
 Page #
 Page # of ##
 - separator -
 More Page Numbers...

Date >
 MM/DD/YYYY
 DD/MM/YYYY
 Day, Month DD, YYYYY
 Month DD, YYYY
 MM/DD/YY
 DD/MM/YY
 YYYY-MM-DD
 DD-MMM-YY
 MMM. DD, YY
 - separator -
 MM/DD/YYYY HH:MM AM/PM
 Day, Month DD, YYYYY HH:MM AM/PM
 [...]
 - separator -
 More Dates...

Time >
 HH:MM AM/PM
 HH:MM:SS AM/PM
 HH:MM
 HH:MM:SS
 - separator -
 More Times...

These submenus are to achieve quicker access from users, so they dont have to open the dialog to modify the format of the inserted field afterwards.
Comment 1 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2016-08-25 04:44:46 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 2 Heiko Tietze 2017-08-28 14:35:26 UTC
I object the idea as way too many options in a simple quick access. The 'would-be-nice-to-have' request is not a good basis for discussion. For example the various date formats makes no sense as users likely do not switch between American and European style but rather want their locale setting. And if you insert a time with a certain precision you don't change this later. So if you had personalization in mind we better go with presets, user favorites, or previously used. Otherwise the 'more fields' access to the dialog with all options is perfectly working for me. Other opinions?
Comment 3 Cor Nouws 2019-07-31 12:13:51 UTC
(In reply to Heiko Tietze from comment #2)
> I object the idea as way too many options in a simple quick access. The
> 'would-be-nice-to-have' request is not a good basis for discussion. For
Agree here. OTOH, some most used fields in a split button?
There are split buttons all over the place, so it's not unique :)
Comment 4 Heiko Tietze 2019-07-31 18:22:54 UTC
(In reply to Cor Nouws from comment #3)
> OTOH, some most used fields in a split button?

We do have a split button for Insert Fields with page number, date etc. but Jay suggests a second level and that's too much. More Fields... is just a click away.