Calc/Features/Sheet tab color

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Sheet tab color

Specification Status
Author Kohei Yoshida
Last Change See wiki history
Status In progress in CWS calctabcolor  .


Calc's sheet tab now supports non-default background color. When a sheet tab has a non-default color, Calc displays a sliver of its color below the name if the sheet that the tab is associated with is active. For all the other tabs that are associated with the non-active sheets, their non-default color becomes their respective background color.


Reference Document Check Location (URL)
Issue ID (required) available Issue 5560
Test case specification (required) n/a


Role Name E-Mail Address
Developer Kohei Yoshida
Quality Assurance Oliver Craemer Oliver.Craemer@Sun.COM
Documentation up for grabs!
User Experience up for grabs!

Detailed Specification

Original specification authored by Daniel Watson is available here. This specification only covers parts that are relevant for QA purposes.


This feature introduce a new menu entry Tab Color... under Format > Sheet which launches the Tab Color dialog when selected. This menu item is disabled when the active sheet is protected.

Context menu

The context menu for the sheet tabs now has a new entry Tab Color... which launches the Tab Color dialog when selected. This new menu entry is present only when the active sheet is not protected.

Tab Color dialog

The Tab Color dialog consists of a number of pre-defined colors and the option for the Default color.





File Format

This feature requires a file format change in the ODF specification. A proposal to the ODF specification has been submitted here.

Open Issues

Not yet determined.


A large part of this feature was developed by Daniel Watson.

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