Bug 86124 - FORMATTING: Double-click background colour should close formatting dialog
Summary: FORMATTING: Double-click background colour should close formatting dialog
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: Other All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: needsUXEval
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Blocks: Area-Fill-Tab
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Reported: 2014-11-10 18:55 UTC by Francis
Modified: 2020-02-29 19:12 UTC (History)
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Description Francis 2014-11-10 18:55:13 UTC
Problem description: Double-clicking a background colour in the Format dialog should automatically close the dialog

Steps to reproduce:
1. Highlight some text
2. Click Format > Character
3. Click Background tab
4. Double-click a colour

Current behavior: The dialog does not automatically close

Expected behavior: The dialog should automatically close
Comment 1 Alex Thurgood 2014-11-12 10:19:55 UTC
Confirming the behaviour on

Build ID: 269b0b40814defe0241e8c79c1834e488ea13bc5

However, this is the default behaviour with LibreOffice.

Is the behaviour you desire the default in other applications ? At best, this might be a request for enhancement.
Comment 2 Francis 2014-11-12 14:02:06 UTC
Thanks very much for your reply.

First, let me say I'm a huge fan of LibreOffice. With recent versions it's become a really good piece of software.

This was just something that bugged me slightly when using Writer to create a document just recently. I was doing a lot of highlighting text and changing the background over and over, and the extra click was slowing down the process a lot. It would feel a lot more natural (in my opinion!) and certainly speed up my particular use-case if a double-click would close the dialog.

What's more, at the moment a double-click does nothing (right?) So adding this behaviour just for a double-click shouldn't conflict with current usage patterns.

I've changed this to an enhancement request - thanks again, keep up the great work!
Comment 3 Alex Thurgood 2014-11-12 14:48:51 UTC
Seems fair enough to me, but I'm only a QA triager ;-)
Confirming request for enhancement.
Comment 4 Thomas Lendo 2018-10-04 11:45:07 UTC
Adding needsUXEval to discuss that.

Is 'Mac OS X' intended or should this changed to 'All' OS?

I find it an interesting enhancement request and I would expand it to all area fill tab options (color, gradient, bitmap, pattern, hatch) and not only color. Double-clicking at a selected color/bitmap/hatch/... field should select and activate that fill option and close the whole dialog instead of clicking 'OK' so that the user can continue to work smoothly.

The problem I see is:
- That's a behavior that is not available in other dialogs.
- Many people don't make a distinction between single and double click. (I often see people double-clicking at symbols and menu items although a single click would be sufficient. These people will maybe surprised that the dialog has closed.)