Bug 88296 - Show Caps Lock status in LibreOffice UI
Summary: Show Caps Lock status in LibreOffice UI
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LibreOffice (show other bugs)
Version:
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Keywords: needsUXEval
: 91163 93595 (view as bug list)
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Blocks: Statusbar UX
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Reported: 2015-01-11 17:10 UTC by Geoffrey
Modified: 2017-06-22 12:52 UTC (History)
9 users (show)

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screenshot showing that word 2007 has the capslock indicator in status bar (127.47 KB, image/png)
2015-01-12 16:35 UTC, Ibrahim
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Description Geoffrey 2015-01-11 17:10:12 UTC
I would like to see clearly when Caps Lock/Shift Lock is turned on in the LibreOffice interface. This improves user experience.
Comment 1 tommy27 2015-01-11 17:46:14 UTC
how should the Caps Lock status be displayed in the UI?
could you provide a mockup?
Comment 2 Adolfo Jayme 2015-01-11 18:06:53 UTC
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Comment 3 Adolfo Jayme 2015-01-11 18:08:16 UTC
In the status bar, as in Word? I think it should be an icon instead of text, it would take less space.
Comment 4 tommy27 2015-01-11 18:24:37 UTC
(In reply to Adolfo Jayme from comment #3)
> In the status bar, as in Word? I think it should be an icon instead of text,
> it would take less space.

I like this proposal. I set status to NEW
Comment 5 Geoffrey 2015-01-11 19:16:50 UTC
(In reply to tommy27 from comment #1)
> how should the Caps Lock status be displayed in the UI?
> could you provide a mockup?

I don't care how it's implemented. Just somewhere where it's visible so you can keep a look at it while writing text. :)
Comment 6 Yousuf Philips (jay) 2015-01-12 15:55:22 UTC
I dont think this is a needed feature or should we also add status for when numlock is pressed. I find it silly that currently have a statusbar entry for insert, as we already have a different cursor used when we are in insert mode.

(In reply to Adolfo Jayme from comment #3)
> In the status bar, as in Word? I think it should be an icon instead of text,
> it would take less space.

I dont see any status bar entry in Word for capslock. Can you advise were you see this.
Comment 7 Ibrahim 2015-01-12 16:35:40 UTC
Created attachment 112135 [details]
screenshot showing that word 2007 has the capslock indicator in status bar
Comment 8 Ibrahim 2015-01-12 16:37:37 UTC
Just for your information, MS Word 2007 does have a caps-lock indicator but its not visible by default. I have no idea if other versions have this feature.

To get the Caps Lock indicator visible do the following:

1.Right-Click the status bar.
2.Click on Caps Lock in the list.

Now when your Caps Lock is ON the word "Caps Lock" will appear. 

I personally do not think this is an important issue because there is alot of ways to have indicators either in the keyboard physically or through the Operating System. But I do not think its bad either, so if it can be done why not?
Comment 9 Geoffrey 2015-01-12 17:01:50 UTC
(In reply to Jay Philips from comment #6)
> I dont think this is a needed feature or should we also add status for when
> numlock is pressed. I find it silly that currently have a statusbar entry
> for insert, as we already have a different cursor used when we are in insert
> mode.
> 

Not all people immediately see Caps Lock is on, for example on a laptop the LED light for Caps Lock might be absent or easily overlooked.

At least an option to show the current state is desirable.

For Insert, I agree with you that's not really useful :) In fact, I don't even like Insert and when I use it, it's by accident and I turn it off immediately.
Comment 10 Adolfo Jayme 2015-01-13 06:11:34 UTC
(In reply to Jay Philips from comment #6)
> I dont see any status bar entry in Word for capslock. Can you advise were
> you see this.

Right-click Word’s status bar. Next time Google it.
Comment 11 Yousuf Philips (jay) 2015-01-13 13:02:48 UTC
Thanks Ibrahim and Adolfo for pointing out that Word has it as an option.

(In reply to Geoffrey from comment #9)
> Not all people immediately see Caps Lock is on, for example on a laptop the
> LED light for Caps Lock might be absent or easily overlooked.

Most people can identify that caps lock is on when they type, as all the letters would be in capital letters.

> At least an option to show the current state is desirable.

If it possible to allow the customization of the statusbar, like in Word, so that users who want it added can enable it, that seems like a good thing.
Comment 12 V Stuart Foote 2015-05-08 21:08:11 UTC
*** Bug 91163 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 13 V Stuart Foote 2015-05-08 21:52:42 UTC
So lets expand this a bit -- currently we have Insert/Overwrite mode in status bar--but we need a Caps Lock and also a Number Lock indicator.

The current space in the status bar used for "Insert/Overwrite" mode is labeled with text, that space could be used for three icons perhaps with a localized single character label.

Red or green "dots" with a single character (localized) label

C: Red off/Green locked on -> for capslock
I: Red off/Green locked on -> for insert
N: Red off/Green locked on -> for numlock

Or maybe just amber "dot"s for each when any is toggled active. The space could be active to toggle mode as it is now for insert/overwrite--or it could be a simple status indicator.
Comment 14 Heiko Tietze 2015-05-08 22:17:37 UTC
(In reply to V Stuart Foote from comment #13)
> Red or green "dots" with a single character (localized) label

My keyboard has red LEDs for those states. And on means active. I don't think its a good idea. A short abbreviation is better here. CAP, NUM, INS always visible but disabled when inactive.
Comment 15 V Stuart Foote 2015-08-23 00:46:20 UTC
*** Bug 93595 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 16 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2016-08-25 05:39:00 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)