Created attachment 118649 [details]
I suggest to move sheet navigation arrows to the right and make them visible only when they are needed.
For about half year ago I've filed a bug #91514 which was not a bug. Today was using Google sheets and decided to file this enchancement for two reaseons:
1) Most important - current layout is unintuitive
2) It saves a bit of free space
The screenshot shows that these arrows are on the right. And gradient shadow from the left of these arrows would be useful, it would show that there are some tabs, currently invisible on the panel
PS Google's Office is very user-friendly, there are a lot of ideas to make usage easier, for example creating your own cell format is implemented briliantly.
This question is simply made for UX.
Effectively same issues as bug 93318 resolving duplicate.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 93318 ***
Moving "arrow" buttons to the right would not be good as they would be really far away because the scrollbars are in its own row (by default). I'm implementing your other suggestions - hiding the buttons when they are not needed and gradient shadow or something similar (not sure yet what is possible).
We closed the "parent" bug - but this one has more valid suggestions.
If hiding and showing the arrows is to be implemented, it would only be good when the buttons were on the right, as the sheets tabs would be shifted to the right, if the buttons would appear on the left.
those 4 buttons are small, so having them on the left would only cause a small shift to the right of the sheet tabs. It would not disturb me at all.
but if you guys prefer having them on the right also consider implementing an option to let the user decide where he wanna put those buttons.
such an option would please anyone and avoid rants from left-lovers and right-lovers
one thing I've noticed retesting with older version is that until LibO 4.1.5 those navigation buttons were greyed (inactive) when there were no tabs to scroll and turned black (active) as soon the tabs sheet were too much and scroling became necessary.
then from LibO 4.2.0 those buttons always became black regardless of the sheet number state creating confusion among users... many thought the buttons were always active and did not understand why clicking them was ineffective
I know - it was turned off in  because if they are greyed you can't access the right click pop-up sheet menu. I turned greying back on in the patch when I put back first/last buttons but I guess the sheet pop-up menu needs a dedicated button too - like in Google Docs.
(In reply to tommy27 from comment #7)
> but if you guys prefer having them on the right also consider implementing
> an option to let the user decide where he wanna put those buttons.
> such an option would please anyone and avoid rants from left-lovers and
BTW: Take care about LTR vs. RTL systems.
good point Heiko.
this is another aspect in favour of customizable position of such buttons
I'm checking the RTL tab bar UI regularly.
to(In reply to tommy27 from comment #11)
> this is another aspect in favour of customizable position of such buttons
RTL is already implemented, tab bar drawing is just mirrored.
We're replacing our use of the 'ux-advise' component with a keyword:
Component -> LibreOffice
Add Keyword: needsUXEval
Works OK with RTL interface. Looks OK.