Bug 94521 - FEATURE REQUEST: Option to set automatic highlighting on current line
Summary: FEATURE REQUEST: Option to set automatic highlighting on current line
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Blocks: Writer-Enhancements
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Reported: 2015-09-26 08:01 UTC by Tom
Modified: 2019-06-17 23:27 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Description Tom 2015-09-26 08:01:32 UTC
When editing long paragraphs (many lines) of text and switching often between the screen and some paperwork on the table, it is sometimes difficult to find the actual text cursor position within the text document on the screen. As a workaround I often play with the curser keys in order to finally recognize the jumping bar of the text cursor withing the text document on the screen.

The editor "kate" has a very helpful feature called "Editor background colors -> Current line", which allows the user to specify a background color for the entire line that holds the text cursor. As a result, the search for the text cursor is now reduced only to one single line, the line that is highlighted.

It would be helpful, if a corresponding option could be added to LO Writer and if a dedicated button could be added to one of the toolbars (eg Format) to allow a quick turn-on/off of this feature.

Comment 1 Cor Nouws 2015-09-26 11:12:19 UTC
Hi Tom,

Thanks for the idea and reporting it here.
Looks as a very nice idea to me (hope to others too ;) )

Cheers- Cor
Comment 2 Andrey 2015-10-31 11:09:15 UTC
Great idea. I'm for!
Comment 3 TorrAB 2019-06-17 23:27:02 UTC
All plain-text editors have this very simple and convenient feature, not just 'kate'!