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Bug 89058 - Saving spreadsheet with Calc makes Excel display its horizontal scrollbar with zero width
Summary: Saving spreadsheet with Calc makes Excel display its horizontal scrollbar wit...
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Calc (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: Other All
: medium major
Assignee: Markus Mohrhard
Whiteboard: target:5.2.0
Keywords: bibisected, regression
Depends on:
Reported: 2015-02-02 18:43 UTC by Mateo
Modified: 2016-10-25 19:08 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

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Original document in Excel (172.03 KB, image/png)
2015-02-02 19:56 UTC, Jorendc
roundtripped document in excel. (160.90 KB, image/png)
2015-02-02 19:57 UTC, Jorendc

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Description Mateo 2015-02-02 18:43:45 UTC
I just upgraded all of my clients from 4.3.4 to 4.4.03  After opening an XLS spreadsheet, editing and saving it as XLS in 4.4.03 and then opening it in Excel (any version), the horizontal arrows look like they disappeared BUT they are closed together and located in the bottom right. If I save the 4.4.03 in ODS format I get the same results when opening it in LO 4.3.5....
Comment 1 Jorendc 2015-02-02 19:33:44 UTC
Hi Mateo,

You can reproduce that with every document?
If not, you mind sharing the source xls file, your saved version and a screenshot of the behavior?

Kind regards,
Comment 2 Mateo 2015-02-02 19:37:15 UTC
Yes. All spreadsheets created with LO Calc version 4.4.03 have this problem. It works fine when viewing within 4.4.03.
Comment 3 Jorendc 2015-02-02 19:55:54 UTC
Aah yes, I can reproduce.
Tested using Windows 7 x64 with LibreOffice Version:
Build ID: a3603970151a6ae2596acd62b70112f4d376b990
Locale: nl_BE

I'll upload some screenshots.

I doubt this is not a regression, but I don't have any other LibreOffice version installed on this computer. If you mind testing 4.3.x or older versions and you can't reproduce, feel free to add 'regression' as "keyword".

Thanks for filing this bug.

Kind regards,
Comment 4 Jorendc 2015-02-02 19:56:30 UTC
Created attachment 113064 [details]
Original document in Excel
Comment 5 Jorendc 2015-02-02 19:57:28 UTC
Created attachment 113065 [details]
roundtripped document in excel.
Comment 6 Mateo 2015-02-02 20:02:06 UTC
The issues does not exist in either version of 4.3.4 or 4.3.5
Comment 7 Rostislav 'R.Yu.' Okulov 2015-02-16 20:06:37 UTC
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40670b887ae1c990ca10b37710cba6ab54e74300 is the first bad commit
commit 40670b887ae1c990ca10b37710cba6ab54e74300
Author: Bjoern Michaelsen <>
Date:   Sun Oct 19 01:33:23 2014 +0000

    commit fe9f8144c7a1a5e51544b4dacb8a2d7e70b321ee
    Author:     Markus Mohrhard <>
    AuthorDate: Mon Aug 25 16:11:54 2014 +0200
    Commit:     Markus Mohrhard <>
    CommitDate: Tue Aug 26 13:34:03 2014 +0200
        move method documentation to the header file
        Change-Id: I7d4f77c50a8b6b2b0d7c0868c73b0cb13f952421

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Comment 8 Pedro 2015-04-21 15:59:21 UTC
This is a result of the new slider in branch 4.4 which has no fixed width(it takes the whole width of the program window).
When opening a file created in 4.4 on any previous branch or other programs, because the slider width is not set, then it is probably set to 0 (zero)

This is particularly problematic for people exchanging files with Excel users
Comment 9 Mateo 2015-04-22 15:06:43 UTC
Is it going to be fixed in any of the 4.4 versions? As long as MS Office is being used by most businesses, then compatibility issues like this will cause people to revert back to using MS products... I will test 4.3.6
Comment 10 Andras Timar 2015-04-30 13:32:50 UTC
Most probably the regression was caused by 
commit 1d1d1c62caf2ee6a96946e96d782e03f3ef80439
Author: Tomaž Vajngerl <>
Date:   Mon Aug 25 18:20:58 2014 +0200

    fdo#36772 Move the scrollbar and sheet tabs in a separate row.
    Change-Id: I57d891d9f6e89dafb4840a577ba55baa734fdcc2
Comment 11 Pedro 2015-05-15 13:22:38 UTC
Took the liberty of changing the bug title. The spelling error (scoll instead of scroll) caused this annoying regression not to be found when searching for "scroll bar" in the bug tracker.
Comment 12 Mateo 2015-08-12 15:54:34 UTC
Same problem exists in
I opened an xls spreadsheet in Calc, edited it, saved it.
Opened it in Excel 2013 and the horizontal slide bar is completely closed. Most users says its missing, but its just completely closed and by clicking on the 3 dots in the far right and dragging to the left it opens the horizontal sliding bar backup.
Comment 13 Mateo 2015-12-10 20:28:49 UTC has same issue. Will this ever get fixed????
Comment 14 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2015-12-13 10:30:13 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 15 Markus Mohrhard 2016-04-19 01:24:41 UTC
(In reply to Andras Timar from comment #10)
> Most probably the regression was caused by 
> commit 1d1d1c62caf2ee6a96946e96d782e03f3ef80439
> Author: Tomaž Vajngerl <>
> Date:   Mon Aug 25 18:20:58 2014 +0200
>     fdo#36772 Move the scrollbar and sheet tabs in a separate row.
>     Change-Id: I57d891d9f6e89dafb4840a577ba55baa734fdcc2

Yes. This patch broke the interoperability around that feature completely. We now need to decide if interoperability or the scrollbar in an own row are more important. IMHO it is interoperability but I suppose the UX people think otherwise. For now I will hard code a factor of 0.5.

It is no longer possible to handle that correctly as the scrollbar is no longer resized. It used to be that tab bar and scrollbar were on the same row and therefore we could store the relative size of them.
Comment 16 Commit Notification 2016-04-19 01:32:49 UTC
Markus Mohrhard committed a patch related to this issue.
It has been pushed to "master":

hard code value for scrollbar to tabbar ratio, tdf#89058

It will be available in 5.2.0.

The patch should be included in the daily builds available at in the next 24-48 hours. More
information about daily builds can be found at:

Affected users are encouraged to test the fix and report feedback.
Comment 17 Markus Mohrhard 2016-04-19 01:34:36 UTC
While this is currently only a work around I consider this "fixed". Without going back to a one row layout we can't get perfect interoperability again.
Comment 18 Markus Mohrhard 2016-04-19 01:35:30 UTC
This also affects XLSX export according to the code.