[Libreoffice-bugs] [Bug 31252] New: Improve the Overwrite File Dialog

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Sun Oct 31 10:28:02 CET 2010


           Summary: Improve the Overwrite File Dialog
           Product: LibreOffice
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: Other
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: medium
         Component: libreoffice
        AssignedTo: libreoffice-bugs at lists.freedesktop.org
        ReportedBy: rugby471 at gmail.com

Created an attachment (id=39921)
 --> (https://bugs.freedesktop.org/attachment.cgi?id=39921)
Mockup of improved look

If a user currently tries to overwrite an existing file through File>Save As,
they are greeted with a dialog which isn't very useful or user-friendly.

First of all, they are told about 'the file', this should be replaced with
something more informative, like "A file named '{NAME}'". This way they can
quickly see what it is they are trying to overwrite.

Secondly, the whole question that the dialog is asking is summarised in one
word, 'Overwrite?'. This is not satisfactory, especially given that this change
is destructive, the file can't be recovered. This should be replace with a less
technical sentence, that is more than a word, such as "Do you want to replace

The buttons on the bottom should also be aligned with the left edge of the

Attached is a mockup with my proposed design (right) against the current dialog

Any comments?

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