[Libreoffice] LO status bar annoyances

Sebastian Spaeth Sebastian at SSpaeth.de
Tue Nov 30 03:12:12 PST 2010

On Tue, 30 Nov 2010 11:26:54 +0100, Sebastian Spaeth <Sebastian at SSpaeth.de> wrote:
> Am I the only one finding the current status bar pretty much useless?

May I propose these changes to the writer statusbar? These have been
achieved by modifying a few lines of .xml and are much cleaner IMHO.

See the old and the new one attached in this file (the real thing, not
just a mockup):
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1) Don't autosize the Page number, page style, and language dialog. They
look much better when using just the space they need.

2) Remove the Selection mode thing. Unless people are really using

3) Remove that horrid page layout thing. I doubt people switch from
single to double page layout that often to warrant a status bar entry.

4) Don't show zoom percentages. It doesn't really provide info in a
writer doc, and we have magnetic markers for the 100% anyway.

What was not easily fixable is:
- Show useful tolltips for the remaining entries
- Ideally make the INSRT/OVER thing just be a non-click status
information thingie. Most keyboards have a dedicated key for that.
- Consistently let's launch things on single or double-click but not one
or the other in some cases.



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