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Bug 97341 - Width for document comments cannot be changed manually
Summary: Width for document comments cannot be changed manually
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Blocks: Writer-Comments
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Reported: 2016-01-24 04:07 UTC by ClaudioShannon
Modified: 2020-08-26 19:52 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Crash report or crash signature:

Screenshot showing narrow comment window (361.43 KB, image/png)
2016-01-24 04:07 UTC, ClaudioShannon
File open directly with LO (344.28 KB, image/png)
2016-01-27 11:10 UTC, ClaudioShannon
File open through Wine (406.19 KB, image/png)
2016-01-27 11:13 UTC, ClaudioShannon

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Description ClaudioShannon 2016-01-24 04:07:33 UTC
Created attachment 122182 [details]
Screenshot showing narrow comment window


For years, the column dedicated to comments on the screen has been too narrow in LibreOffice Writer (10 characters wide: 1-3 words). This has been true for different Linux versions and LO reinstals over the past few years (of course, I kept my home over the years).

I thought this was unfortunate-yet-normal behavior before noticing other users (on other machines) had much wider comments. Everything else seems to behave fine.

This "bug" has been described by other users (with screenshots) here:
and here:
Please see also screenshot attached.

Thank you.

LinuxMint 17.2 Raphaela
LO Version:
Build ID: 40m0(Build:2)
Comment 1 Cor Nouws 2016-01-24 19:04:28 UTC
Thanks for filing this issue Claudio.
Looks as an interesting improvement to me > New enhancement. 
Ciao - Cor
Comment 2 Adolfo Jayme 2016-01-27 06:37:31 UTC
Yeah, as judging by your screenshot, this appears to be a problem for high-DPI screens.
Comment 3 ClaudioShannon 2016-01-27 11:10:45 UTC
Created attachment 122236 [details]
File open directly with LO
Comment 4 ClaudioShannon 2016-01-27 11:12:46 UTC

Thank you for your responses. I'm not sure whether it is a question of high-DPI screen. Please find attached two screenshots at the same "zoom":

(1) the document is open directly with LO: width of comments is too narrow.
(2) the document is open with LO through Wine: here the width of comments is OK.

To be sure it would help to be able to widen the comments as an improvement ; but it seems to me that the two very different widths (and the fact that the comments with a narrow width are barely readable) pleads for considering this as a bug (?). Or is it that the version has a different default width of comments? (I know I should've tested with the same version but... I took the most recent one on the web for other purpose.)

Thank you.


Version witb narrow comments:
Build ID: 40m0(Build:2)
Locale: en_GB

Version with large comments (through Wine 1.7.55):
Build ID: f3153a8b245191196a4b6b9abd1d0da16eead600
Locale: en_GB
Comment 5 ClaudioShannon 2016-01-27 11:13:45 UTC
Created attachment 122237 [details]
File open through Wine
Comment 6 Friedmann Bruno 2016-04-11 20:09:13 UTC
I can confirm this is still the case with
Comment 7 jimbo1qaz 2016-10-22 06:58:19 UTC
also is related but older.
Comment 8 Maris Nartiss 2017-08-29 08:26:58 UTC
This should be merged with bug 73953 and probably bug 95958
Comment 9 amikron 2018-08-23 10:10:01 UTC
I absolutely support this issue. Iā€™m working on a Dokument with several people and the number of comments led to very small comment boxes. Up to the point where I can read only the first two lines of a comment of quite long texts.
Comment 10 amikron 2018-08-23 11:47:22 UTC
Actually, when you use the navigator and hover (mouser over) a comment, a pop up shows the entire comment. A function like that would work for me as well, when hovering over the normal comments.

Of course simply adjusting the width of the column seems to be the easiest solution.
Comment 11 Werner Johann 2020-06-09 12:52:36 UTC
This is also an example that the developer community ignores important user requests for years. It was already requested in 2013.

In collaborative work it is definitely necessary to be able to adjust the width of the comment column in LibreOffice Writer.

Sometimes I suspect that there are some influential people, who want to keep LibreOffice away from professional use. 

Here is another example for my suspicion:
Bug 54393, which I reported in 2012, is still present. So nobody, who wants to write Articles with the Vancouver system for citing, can use LibreOffice.
Comment 12 Gauthier 2020-07-08 14:02:14 UTC
Working with document with lots of comments in LO 6.4 is still a big issue. It's hardly possible to follow. The visible part of a comment is tiny (you have to scroll within the comment which makes it hard to follow); comments are not aligned with the text, etc.. 
I had to open the doc with LO online to be able to work (which handles the display of comments a bit better, though also has issues). As much as I resent Google, LO could do with getting a little inspiration from Google Docs hen it comes to usability.

Adjusting the width of the comment column/pane seems like good approach to address issues with the display of comments.
Comment 13 chhaviydv 2020-07-27 08:16:57 UTC Comment hidden (spam)
Comment 14 Danty 2020-08-19 16:46:13 UTC Comment hidden (spam)