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List of Better Default Setting Suggestions


  • Proposed: initial state
  • Discussing: being discussed on the mailing list
  • Rejected: refused after discussion
  • Accepted: validated by UX team
  • Developing: someone is actually creating the patch to change the behaviour


Issue num
provide hidden toolbars like 'circles and ovals Draw Include toolboxes circles, rectangles, text instead of single symbol in drawing toolbar. Reasoning: (1) The 'circles and ovals' and the 'text' toolbox is not accessible via View - Toolbars in Draw. So currently the only way to access arcs and legends is to customize the drawing toolbar. (2) Draw is used for technical constructions and there those objects are often used, in contrast to Writer or Impress, where drawing objects are used for illustrations in most cases. (3) Using the toolboxes needs no more space than single objects and give you a quick access too, because the last used object remains above for single click. Regina
Use parallel perspective for 3D-scene Draw Issue 67847   3D-scenes in Draw are to illustrate constructions. Often several 3D-objects are combined in one scene. Working with several objects is faulty if perspective is on. So the first step when working with 3D-objects is to switch to parallel projection. It is "faulty" because it is unhandy to arrange or rotate objects inside a scene when in central perspective and because of Issue 67847  . Regina
Change Handle Size Draw/Impress The current handle size was defined years ago - with displays offering less density than today. I propose to change the default handle size to "large". This option can be found in the toolbar "Options" (more info: Grid Handling). ChristophNoack
Changing default font Draw/Impress Issue 70585   It should be possible to change the overall default font for text (not the GUI) in Impress permanently, using one centralized setting, for example Options -> -> fonts -> Change default font or somewhere similar. This is especially a problem when working with asian languages. I know you can work around the problem using templates, but it is neither quick, nor is it likely to appear obvious to the average user. Clu
default colour of drawing objects Draw/Impress Issue 93507   The default color of drawing object is ugly and has not changed since the 1990s. Gerald Developing Bullets, colors & shortcuts
Enable Vertical Text Button for all Draw/Impress Issue 54423   It was disabled apparently on purpose but it makes the interface inconsistent. Also, in many presentations people try to use vertical text and can't find it (I have been asked by my users about this on many occasions). Alternative solution (which seems odd to get this functionality) is to enable "enhanced support for asian languages" by default. gquigs
Disable "Allow quick editing" mode as default Draw/Impress The so called quick editing mode at /tools/options/draw/general or /tools/options/impress/general should be disabled by default because people will be able to detect and to move text objects more easily ja
Paste pictures from web Draw/Impress Drag and drop any picture from net to Writer - you see pasted image. Drag and drop picture to Draw/Impress - you see frame with HTML code. Besides, user can't paste picture from URL (Insert > Picture > From file> URL). Impress/Draw shows "Unknow graphics format" error. Writer work well. Quest
Keyboard shortcut to make fine position adjustments Draw/Impress Issue 107125   I often use the alt+arrow keys to make fine adjustments to the position of drawing objects in Draw and Impress. In Mac OS X, that shortcut is assigned to switch 'Spaces' (the multiple desktops in Mac OS X). vkkodali
bullet point lists Impress Bad standard defaults of bullet point lists. If one creates a text frame in Impress and clicks on the button "numbering and bullet points" (Nummerierung und Aufzählungszeichen), the newly created bullet point list has terrible standard defaults: (1) Almost no space between the bullet point and the text. (2) No ident for the second line of text under a bullet point. The second line appears left-justified directly under the bullet point. Instead, there should be a ident of the second line. It should begin exactly there where the first letter in the first line starts. Gerald Developing Bullets, colors & shortcuts
Options for line width of the pen (in slideshow mode) Impress The pen in the slideshow mode has a very small line width. Therefor it is not visible for all partipants of a presentation. If something should be market the pen had to be much wider.The pen is available after you set in menue: slide show / slide show settings & check 'mouse pointer as pen' & starting a presentation. There is already a patch for the pen integrated into the go-oo-build, that gives the posibility to change the configuration of the pen (color, line width etc.).Please integrate this patch into vanilla-ooo. andreasma Out of scope ?
change configuration of the pen during slideshow mode Impress It should be posible to change the configuration of the cursor (from arrow to pen) during the presentation mode (via context menu). There is already a patch for the pen available, that is integrated into the go-oo-build. It gives the posibility to change the configuration of the pen. I don't know yet, if it makes the options dialog also available during the presentation mode. Please integrate this patch into vanilla-ooo. andreasma Out of scope ?
Default shadow should be transparent and smaller Impress A better shadow effect can be achieved with Distance : 0,1 cm (instead of 0,3) ; Color : Black (instead of Grey) ; Transparency : 60 % (instead of 0%) CamilleM Accepted/Rejected Transparency creates printing problems
Rotation Mode, Guides when Moving on Impress 'Rotation Mode after Clicking Object' & 'Guides When Moving' are two feature options which are switched off by default => they should be switched on by default (more info: Grid Handling). Clu
Change default pen color from neon green Impress Issue 47990   As described in BUG 10922 the neon green color of the pen used to draw on a presentation is very difficult to see for students in a classroom, and the color is hard coded into OOo. I would like to see the default changed to perhaps black or red, as they are much easier colors to see. BUG 10922 is still a very good idea, but I filed this report to request a simple change of the default color, which should be much easier than what BUG 10922 is requesting. A slightly more ambitious, but still not difficult, would be to read the color value from a file or some such, instead of hard coding it in the OOo source. p.s. available after .. menue: slide show / slide show settings & check 'mouse pointer as pen' & starting a presentation Clu Accepted Bullets, colors & shortcuts
Default user annimation Impress Issue 62838   I want to create a user animation with default behaviour: The object just pops up with no tricky animation. Therefore I have to search for this "animation" type (called in german: "erscheinen") every time within the large list of possible animations. This costs me a lot of time. It would be better, when this were the default, and only if I really want fancy animation, then I have to choose from the list.clu: idea .. usage tracking can show if one setting is significantly more often shown than other .. and this one can became the new default Clu
Duration of pause to 0 Impress Issue 49762   In Slide Show settings (Slide Show - Slide Show Settings), Impress features a setting for the "duration of pause before the slide show is repeated". It defaults to 10 seconds. I would suggest to have the default set to 0 seconds in order to improve compatibility with MS Powerpoint users, and secondly to leave the decision to insert a pause to the user. Clu Graphics, fonts & settings
Slide Titles editable in navigator Impress Issue 21888   The Navigator is a very handy tool to move through a presentation and it also can act as a mini outline of the presentation. However, now the only way to change the slide title shown is to display the Modify Layout dialog from the Format menu. It would be a very nice addition to allow the user to directly edit the title of the slide shown in the Navigator directly in the Navigator. Clu
Real Slide Titles in Navigator Impress Issue 21888   It would also be very useful to display the title actually shown on the slide itself as the title unless the user deliberately changed it. The current "Slide 1", "Slide 2", etc. defaults are not very useful for identifying the slide. Clu
Change default table color Impress Issue 102922   After inserting a table I change the color of my table. I added the data. Now if I want to add a new row, then despite the color of my whole table it inserts the row with default color (blue combination). So I need to select that row again & then change the color. Steps to reproduce the bug: Clu
Shortcut for adding a new slide Impress Issue 100650   '=> alt+i+e fix that problem .. a better solution like ctrl+i or ctrl+s etc. (for insert slide) or ctrl+m are already in use; and to add an unintuitive shortcut to replace an other unintuitive shortcut by limitating shortcut possibilities for future needs make less sense Clu Rejected Shortcut conflict
Open pps files in show mode Impress Issue 52755   If, during installation, a user choses to associate Microsoft PowerPoint documents with Open Office, the default behavior for a .pps (PowerPoint Show) file is changed to this: "C:\Program Files\ 1.9.109\program\soffice.exe" -o "%1" This causes the presentation to be opened in edit mode when double clicked. However, when using Microsoft PowerPoint as the default handler, double clicking a .pps file causes it to immediately start the show. To achieve the same behavior, and hence ease the migration from MSO to OOo, I believe the default behavior for .pps files should be as follow durring installation: "C:\Program Files\ 1.9.109\program\soffice.exe" -show "%1" Clu Out of scope ?
remove 'Display Grid' icon from 'Standard' toolbar Impress delete 'Display Grid' icon from 'Standard' toolbar -> it is only 0.02% clicked (one of the fewest) and also available over menue Clu
Properties on context Impress I make changes to the drawings/text box objects that I make in impress almost all the time. Currently, apart from the easily accessible options that appear as buttons on the toolbar, the way to do this is to right-click on the object, go to the 'Properties' dialog box and change them. In MS Office this 'Properties' window can be accessed by double-clicking on the object. OOo default for double-clicking, say, a filled rectangle is to bring up a cursor to enter text. It would be nice to have the 'Properties' window appear like in MS Office unless there is a compelling reason for the current behavior. (from a blog comment of vamsi) Clu
empty bullets should not be shown in presentation Impress like it is at ms office (from fl) Clu Developing Bullets, colors & shortcuts
serial effect for set of bullet points Impress if you have a set of bullet points and you want the single points to f.e. 'fly in' you should have the possibility to take the whole box and give it the effect that they serial fly in .. (from fl) Clu Bullets, colors & shortcuts
Change rotate button in mode on/off Impress if you push the rotate button the rotate mode is on .. if you push again i awaint to switch the mode off but that does not happen .. you must click anywhere and on the shape again to switch back to the 'normal' selecting mode Clu
space key to shift slide Impress in zoom toolbar you have an icon called shift for this job, but a keyboard shortcut is missing .. photoshop and other graphical apps use the space key for that which seems to be a good solution (fl) Clu
switch task pane off Impress at the moment the task pane is on by default .. with the new changes in design it makes rather no sense to keep this default (fl) Clu
dragging and dropping a graphic should embed the graphic Impress Issue 107641   .. not create a link .. by exporting or replacing the document the link gets 'corrupted' and the graphic seems to be lost (letter from stella) Clu
allow slide scrolling Impress by scrolling a slide and reaching the slide border you should have the possibility to scroll further to the next slide like MS ppt provides it (fl) Clu
Copy when moving by default Impress under 'tools/options/general/copy when moving' you can switch on a default to copy an object by moving, when you have simultaneous the ctrl key pressed .. this is a nice behavior and does not disturb anyone (fl) Clu
delete Navigator icon Impress the navigator icon in the standard toolbar is clicked under 0.1% and is one of the most unused icons there; therefore it only waste place and steel attention without being useful => delete this icon from standard toolbar (it is still available over the menue and the shortcut) Clu
Please include presenter screen in default install set of OOo. Impress Issue 90415   Only this integration in the default install set would make the presenter console usable for many use cases. Remark: Please consider the integration of the presenter screen extension in the standard download set of OOo, because following situation is standard for presenters on workshops or conferences: (1) The presenter brings the file and must use the computer of the organisor/venue. (2) It is already difficult to ensure that OOo is installed on that computer. (3) It is almost impossible to ensure that OOo AND the presenter console extension is installed (4) The presenter usually has not the time or possibility to install the extension him/herself (5) The result is that the presenter console is unusable for professional use. Please consider this! Gerald
Default Impress formula font should be much larger Impress Issue 21118   The default font size for formula in Impress (after Insert->Objects->Formula) is 12pt which is too small to read on the screen. It should be 16pt or 18pt. Gerald Bullets, colors & shortcuts
Add default keyboard short-cut for inserting new slide Impress Issue 100650  . Gerald Rejected See duplicate. Shortcut conflict
Some default settings in toolbar drawing/zeichnen are confusing Impress Some default settings in toolbar drawing/Zeichnen are not chosen well: (1) The default for standard forms/Standardformen is a rectangle, which already has another default entry in the drawing toolbar with the name "rectangle"/Rechteck. It would make more sense to choose in "standard forms" another default setting such as "rounded rectangle" or something else. (2) The tool tip for insert image/Bild einfügen is "Aus Datei", which is much worse than "Bild einfügen", so why? (3) Why is the icon/selection "lines and arrows/Linien und Pfeile" hidden by default in the drawing toolbar? It would make sense to add it to the toolbar by default or to replace the icon "Linie mit Pfeilende/line with arrowhead" with the selection "Linien und Pfeile" (which also includes the "Linie mit Pfeilende"). (4) Why is there an entire independent toolbar called "Kreise und Ovale/Circles and ovals"? These elements should be by default in the drawing toolbar and not separated. Gerald
Last accessed element in sidebar/Aufgabenbereich should be default for sidebar of next slide Impress The active element in the sidebar/Aufgabenbereich always jumps back to the default element "Layout" and not to the last accessed element, e.g. "Slide transitions/Folienübergang". This can be extremely annoying. For example: If I want to edit the "custom transitions" on several slides, always after switching to another slide, the sidebar "forgets" that I was working on "custom transitions" and goes back to the default "Layout". Always the last accessed element should stay the active element, if one switches to another slide. Gerald
Add a button "Save Template" Impress automatically recognize a new template not on file, perhaps, or just notice that a template is open and offer the button (from a chat I had with a sales guy) Liz
provide presentation manager in separate window in one computer/monitor Impress Provide this as a possibility without the need for a second monitor, so that presenters can practice a presentation as if they were in the real situation, but only need one computer/laptop to practice on (from a chat I had with a sales guy) Liz
when inserting in Impress, automatically open a text box Impress the default would be a text box just appears when Paste is chosen---is it possible to identify what is on the clipboard to be pasted? i.e., if text, then text box opens (from a chat I had with a sales guy) Liz
show links with the “short text” instead of the path Impress (from a chat I had with a sales guy) Liz
Text in slide show should automatically adjust to the vertical middle of slide Impress to make it look professional without the user having to fiddle with it (from a chat I had with Rosana) Liz
Add more page layouts Impress I have drawings of 3 example layouts (from a chat I had with Rosana) Liz
Show Color Panel Impress View -> Toolbars -> Color Bar mr_smyle
pdf-export with comments should only export commented slides Impress In the pdf-export options in Impress it is possible to export comments but the problem is that this options leads to an exports which contains all slides without comments followed by all slides with comments. This is not what the normal user expects. Please change this option so that only the commented slides are exported. parity
switch off impress wizard Impress looks old fashioned, is redundant and annoying WG Rejected « Regarding the wizard the user feedback data (aka usage tracking) tellsUs that many users do use this wizard today. »
Default Impress formula should be scalable Impress Formula are too small to read on screen, make them scalable by default on impress so it could be adapted to user's taste. (don't protect size by default on impress) xihh
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