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Bug 95841 - Hard to Select Line/Polyline
Summary: Hard to Select Line/Polyline
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Draw (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: Other All
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Reported: 2015-11-15 21:01 UTC by MarjaE
Modified: 2015-11-17 19:52 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Description MarjaE 2015-11-15 21:01:27 UTC
It can be absurdly hard to select and edit a line/polyline in draw, if the line/polyline is entirely in front of another object.

In my experience, nine time out of ten, LibreOffice Draw interprets my attempts to select the line/polyline as an attempt to drag and drop the object behind it. So select-oops-undo, select-oops-undo, select-oops-undo...

I am clumsy, but even so, it seems like a bit too much.
Comment 1 raal 2015-11-16 08:46:04 UTC
I've tried with image and line and have not problems to select line. Please attach test file.
Comment 2 Buovjaga 2015-11-16 13:40:02 UTC
I tried with rectangle and line and it didn't seem problematic.

Win 7 Pro 64-bit Version:
Build ID: b216cc1b8096eb60c27f67e8c27b7cd756c75e38
TinderBox: Win-x86@62-merge-TDF, Branch:MASTER, Time: 2015-11-12_00:06:20
Locale: fi-FI (fi_FI)
Comment 3 MarjaE 2015-11-16 17:22:25 UTC
I had an agonizing time for hours yesterday, but it seems to have cleared up today.

I can select lines and other small objects about 80% of the time instead of 10%. I was using the laptop monitor yesterday, and an external monitor today. I was using an external mouse both times.
Comment 4 Buovjaga 2015-11-17 12:46:23 UTC
Ok, let's set to WFM, then.

You can also select shapes using the navigator, but there is a bug that forces you to name the shapes first: bug 62851

Name a shape: select it, Top menu Modify - Name.
Then in the navigator you can double-click them to select.

This is surely a handy feature, if having a lot going on in certain parts of your drawing. In such a busy scenario, I think it would be just as chaotic to select stuff with mouse-clicks, even if the hit area of lines would be increased.
Comment 5 MarjaE 2015-11-17 19:52:44 UTC
Not practical. It would require a lot of extra mousing and typing, switching between mouse and keyboard, and would impose a lot of extra arm strain. Definitely not practical for users with rsi.