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Bug 99663 - TABLE FORMATTING: Copy table cells into text produces new table with too-wide width
Summary: TABLE FORMATTING: Copy table cells into text produces new table with too-wide...
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: All All
: medium minor
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Blocks: Paste Writer-Tables
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Reported: 2016-05-03 23:52 UTC by Jim Avera
Modified: 2020-07-10 16:46 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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test.odt - example tables (12.42 KB, application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text)
2016-05-03 23:52 UTC, Jim Avera
Screenshot showing anomolous results of paste (100.80 KB, image/png)
2016-05-03 23:53 UTC, Jim Avera
test.odt - example tables [updated] (13.11 KB, application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text)
2020-07-10 16:36 UTC, Jim Avera
Screenshot showing paste results (118.82 KB, image/png)
2020-07-10 16:46 UTC, Jim Avera

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Description Jim Avera 2016-05-03 23:52:20 UTC
Created attachment 124829 [details]
test.odt - example tables

If some cells (one vertically over another) are selected and copied, and then pasted into text somewhere, a new table is created containing the copied cells.

However, the width of the new table seems to always be the width of the *entire tabl* from which the cells were copied, not the width of the group of cells actually copied and pasted.  This produces some strange results which are probably not intended.

Here's a suggestion: Make the new table have a width equal to the width of the copied cells only; or alternatively, the width of the text object into which the cells are pasted -- which, in the case of pasting into another cell, would be the width of the receiving cell.  OTOH, auto-adjusting column widths could make this complicated.   But pasting a table which is so wide that it hangs over the right margin can't be right.

A secondary problem is that text inside the copied cells is unpredictably lost or truncated when pasting into another cell (see screenshot).


1. Load the attached test.odt
2. Select the two yellow cells at once; control-C to copy
3. Click once in the bottom cell; control-V to paste
4. Clice once in the "regular text not in a table" and Control-V.
5-8: Repeat 2-4 but with the blue table, which is narrower.

RESULTS: The pasted cells produce a new table which is the same width as the entire table from which the cells were copied (see screen shot).

EXPECTED RESULTS: The new table should be only as wide as the cells copied, or as wide as the object containing the text area being pasted into (for example, as wide as the receiving cell when pasting into text inside a cell).
Comment 1 Jim Avera 2016-05-03 23:53:00 UTC
Created attachment 124830 [details]
Screenshot showing anomolous results of paste
Comment 2 Buovjaga 2016-05-07 11:52:18 UTC

64-bit, KDE Plasma 5
Build ID: Arch Linux build-1
CPU Threads: 8; OS Version: Linux 4.5; UI Render: default; 
Locale: fi-FI (fi_FI.UTF-8)
Comment 3 Telesto 2017-01-25 18:25:13 UTC
Build ID: 79497f458727a0dea983847fe9d3873bf9c2e972
CPU Threads: 4; OS Version: Windows 6.19; UI Render: default; 
TinderBox: Win-x86@42, Branch:master, Time: 2017-01-24_03:10:09
Locale: nl-NL (nl_NL); Calc: CL
Comment 4 QA Administrators 2018-07-10 02:36:38 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 5 QA Administrators 2020-07-10 03:48:06 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 6 Jim Avera 2020-07-10 16:36:57 UTC
Created attachment 162888 [details]
test.odt - example tables [updated]
Comment 7 Jim Avera 2020-07-10 16:42:07 UTC
Still there in Master

Build ID: 656fd1ec9123de5dbeecb8db4de5254b05c21e76
CPU threads: 12; OS: Linux 5.4; UI render: default; VCL: gtk3
Locale: en-US (en_US.UTF-8); UI: en-US
TinderBox: Linux-rpm_deb-x86_64@86-TDF, Branch:master, Time: 2020-07-07_00:08:54
Calc: threaded

To clarify: Copy-and-pasted table cells should not carry the width of the *entire* table from which they were copied, just their own width (alternatively, adapt them to fit in the context they are pasted into).

The current behavior makes the content of the copied cells invisible when their excessive width puts the content "off screen" in the receiving context.
Comment 8 Jim Avera 2020-07-10 16:46:04 UTC
Created attachment 162891 [details]
Screenshot showing paste results