It should be possible to display more than one panel with the sidebar. This would improve the flexibility of the user. For example a user could use the Properties panel together with the Styles panel, the Styles with the Functions panel in Calc or the Styles with the Navigator Panel.
The last mentioned combination “Styles – Navigator” is still possible with the version 188.8.131.52, if you open the Navigator with F5. But it looks a bit strange if you display 2 Navigators, one with F5 and one in the sidebar. If more than one panel is possible a display of the Navigator with F5 could be omitted.
If it is possible to display more than one panel a click on the sidebar icons should only effect the visibility i.e. opening or closing the according panel. The visibility of other panels should not be effected.
The current behaviour of version 184.108.40.206 is also a step backwards. For example in Writer in version 4.3.5 it is possible to display the Gallery together with the styles. This is no longer possible in version 220.127.116.11. Hence if you take it strictly it’s a regression.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 85905 ***