[Libreoffice-ux-advise] [Bug 77261] New: Cut / Copy / Paste buttons clutter the standard toolbar while encouraging poor practices

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Wed Apr 9 22:51:34 PDT 2014


          Priority: medium
            Bug ID: 77261
                CC: libreoffice-ux-advise at lists.freedesktop.org
          Assignee: libreoffice-bugs at lists.freedesktop.org
           Summary: Cut / Copy / Paste buttons clutter the standard
                    toolbar while encouraging poor practices
          Severity: enhancement
    Classification: Unclassified
                OS: All
          Reporter: simplecontrast at gmail.com
          Hardware: All
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
           Version: Inherited From OOo
         Component: ux-advise
           Product: LibreOffice

The Cut, Copy, and Paste buttons should be removed from the standard toolbar
for a couple of reasons: 

The first reason is that they take up unnecessary space in the standard. Cut,
Copy, and Paste is almost ALWAYS done using either the right-click menu or
keyboard shortcuts. So it's unnecessary for them to be in the standard toolbar
where they just add clutter. 

The second is that it could cause some confusion for new users, since the user
must know exactly where the cursor is in order to paste something there. If a
user doesn't know where the cursor is and decides to cut or paste something,
they're going to have a bad time because the thing they are trying to paste
into the document is going to end up at a seemingly random part of the screen.
So the toolbar entries should be removed to prevent this confusion. 

The third is kind of a philosophical reason. The point of the toolbar is to
make certain actions quicker (and possibly more accessible). Using the toolbar
for cutting and pasting, however, is actually slower than the right-click menu
alternative. In addition, the cut, copy, and paste entries are one of the few
things that everyone knows are in the right click menu--there's no need to make
them any more accessible.

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