Design/UI Elements

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UI Elements proposals and evaluation

The LibreOffice User Interface consists of hundreds of single UI elements allowing to reach all the mighty features of this office suite.

The present UI is based on design created about 20 years ago and many new ideas have been developed in the meantime.

This page is dedicated to single UI elements (or groups of them), we want to discuss them, find previous implementations (and refusals to implement them) in other software, describe advantages and disadvantages and finally prioritize and present them to the developers asking for implementation.

Full mockups should not be included in this table, as we should discuss the single features of the UI first. You can link to such mockups from the elements you describe, but please stay with the elements, not the mockups here on the page.

Element description Image Proposal by Date Last Activity Description Implementations Advantages Disadvantages Priority / Implementation Status
Document management
Vertical tabs
Bernhard Dippold 05.07.2011 05.07.2011 vertical tabs are areas where different documents can be reached stacked one above the other.

more details...

Mockup containing the proposed element

don't know of any better usage of vertical vs. horizontal desktop space in broad desktops with Writer width used space in Calc not yet decided upon
Command sorting
Ellipsis menu
Mirek2 17.07.2011 17.07.2011 Menu providing access to all the unshown commands of a toolbar more details...
  • Quick access to unshown commands
  • Quick customization of toolbar through drag-and-drop

Float Bar
Mirek2 09.07.2011 09.07.2011 Contextual toolbar that floats centered above a selectionmore details... a similar toolbar appears in iOS, Android, and ByWord
  • Doesn't cover the selection
  • Less distance to travel for mouse
Insert Bar
Mirek2 17.07.2011 17.07.2011 Vertical toolbar containing Insert and Draw commands more details... known as the Toolbox in most graphics software
  • One toolbar for insertion
  • Obeys Fitts's law
  • Quick show/hide with status bar button
  • Status bar shows the selected tool

Add page/slide button
Mirek2 17.07.2011 17.07.2011 Button for inserting slides/page breaks at the end of a document more details... known as the Toolbox in most graphics software
  • Quick insertion of pages/slides

Impress UI
Animation sorter
animation sorter in Impress
Kévin PEIGNOT 16.07.2011 16.07.2011 Add the possibility to sort animations in Impress without using the arrows, but by drag & drop. Actually, if you have a lot of animations, it take very long with the arrows to sort them. Actually, drag & drop is possible in MS Power Point. Fastest than actually unknown unknown

Scrollable slides
Mirek2 17.07.2011 17.07.2011 Slides shown under each other, like pages. more details...
  • Makes browsing and referencing quicker and easier
  • Saves room by not requiring a slide pane

Object selection
Page handles
Mirek2 17.07.2011 17.07.2011 A page/slide number shown next to a page/slide used for selecting a page/slide. more details...
  • Quick access to page formatting commands
  • Makes it possible to copy/cut a page/slide easily
  • Big page number helps with browsing