These are two fantastically useful tools, and I've only just found them after using OpenOffice/LibreOffice for a combined eight years. I don't even know how long they've been there, that's how successfully buried they are. Please make buttons for them!
Going to ask for ux-advise here - it seems unclear that buttons would fit well given what the other buttons do. The current placement is pretty clear IMHO (just do the dropdown on the styles dialog and the options are readily available).
ux-advise - suggestions welcome :)
I would agree that these functions need to be visible at first glance, but there is no sufficient space for these. I propose to have a secondary toolbar below the box containing the list of styles, have the dropdown contents placed as buttons there, and remove the dropdown.
This requires the creation of new, small icons for these options as well.
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space for four buttons in the side window
(In reply to orion from comment #3)
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> space for four buttons in the side window
Other systems (esp. Linux) have more space restrictions, and don’t want to make the sidebar panels wider. Also, these actions are related to the list of styles, so I still think they should be in a new bar below it, similar to GNOME’s inline toolbars: http://i.stack.imgur.com/yQr8r.png
Is it possible to make them moveable toolbars? Would be the best of both worlds.
(In reply to Adolfo Jayme from comment #4)
> Other systems (esp. Linux) have more space restrictions, and don’t want to
> make the sidebar panels wider. Also, these actions are related to the list
> of styles, so I still think they should be in a new bar below it, similar to
> GNOME’s inline toolbars: http://i.stack.imgur.com/yQr8r.png
A secondary toolbar with buttons from the current dropdown would be the way to go--able to fit width of the deck that way. We can not squeeze them in on a single row.
Perhaps a mockup, before you code it? The existing Menu items are named, secondary toolbar would have buttons and need tooltips--what icon(s) for the button, what tooltip(s)?
Another way might be to go ahead and add a second row of button widgets to the horizontal list, spanning the deck--end up with feel similar to the top of the Navigator content panel?
As far as I remember the two buttons were introduced with 5.1 at the sidebar > properties > styles.