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This is the page with our 5.2 release release notes. It should be final now the 5.2 release version itself has been released. However, might you spot some missing information, then we would appreciate to hear from you. Thanks in advance for your help!


Writer

A quick look at some of the new features in LibreOffice Writer 5.2

  • New drawing tools were added (that were previously available only in Draw), including Filled Curve/Polygon/Freeform Line, as well as Polygon (45°). tdf#89646 (Gülşah Köse)
  • New button added to standard toolbar for showing/hiding track changes toolbar. tdf#90187 (Gülşah Köse)
Trackchangesbar.png
  • Curve button became a split button and related with a toolbox including 5 new drawing tools. tdf#89646 tdf#90505 (Gülşah Köse)
New toolbox on drawing toolbar
  • Data Sources keyboard shortcut was changed from F4 to Ctrl+⇧ Shift+F4 to unify it with Calc. tdf#97906 (Yousuf Philips)
  • Additional tweaks to the menu items in the main menu bar. tdf#91781 (Yousuf Philips)

Single Toolbar Mode

  • The Standard (Single Mode) toolbar was created to be used as an single toolbar alternative to the default double toolbar arrangement and it contains the most used function, insert, and formatting operations. It can be activated by enabling View ▸ Toolbars ▸ Standard (Single Mode) and disabling View ▸ Toolbars ▸ Standard and View ▸ Toolbars ▸ Formatting. tdf#92218 (Yousuf Philips)
Single Toolbar Mode

Selection Filter in Cross Reference Tab

  • Added a "filter" to Insert ▸ Fields ▸ More Fields ▸ Cross-references tab. Users can type a few characters to narrow the list. tdf#32364 (Akshay Deep)
Cross Reference Tab: Selection Filter UI

Redesigned Bookmark dialog window

  • Revamped Insert ▸ Bookmark dialog window. tdf#90855 (Jakub Trzebiatowski; Yousuf Philips)
New Bookmark Dialog Window
  • Default bookmark name is taken automatically using "Bookmark N" pattern.
  • Displaying bookmark text, which is what follows, selection or precedes the bookmark.

Calc

A quick look at some of the new features in LibreOffice Calc 5.2

  • New drawing tools were added (that were previously available only in Draw), including Filled Curve/Polygon/Freeform Line, as well as Polygon (45°). tdf#89646 (Gülşah Köse)
  • All of the toolbar conditional formatting buttons have been merged into a single conditional formatting group button. tdf#86567 (Maxim Monastirsky)
  • Easy ability to freeze the first column or first row of a sheet through the toolbar or menu View ▸ Freeze Cells. tdf#91013 (Gülşah Köse; Maxim Monastirsky; Yousuf Philips)
  • The button to open the multiline input now has the same size in all systems (was very thin in some environments). tdf#99701 (Samuel Mehrbrodt, CIB)
  • Pressing ⇧ Shift+Return in the multiline input will now insert a new line instead of moving to the previous cell. tdf#63994 (Samuel Mehrbrodt, CIB)
  • Cell References keyboard shortcut ⇧ Shift+F4 was removed in favor of F4, but is still available in OpenOffice.org Legacy keybindings. tdf#97906 (Dennis Francis; Yousuf Philips)
  • Column Select keyboard shortcut Ctrl+⇧ Shift+Space was replaced with Ctrl+Space. tdf#96969 (Yousuf Philips)
  • Keyboard shortcut Ctrl+, to insert date and Ctrl+⇧ Shift+, to insert time is available to various European keyboard layouts. tdf#88027 (Yousuf Philips)
  • The Standard (Single Mode) toolbar was created to be used as an single toolbar alternative to the default double toolbar arrangement and it contains the most used function, insert, and formatting operations. It can be activated by enabling View ▸ Toolbars ▸ Standard (Single Mode) and disabling View ▸ Toolbars ▸ Standard and View ▸ Toolbars ▸ Formatting. tdf#92218 (Yousuf Philips)
Single Toolbar Mode
  • Option to delete border from adjacent cells too in the borders tab of "Format Cells" dialog. tdf#34449 (Dennis Francis)
The new checkbox option to remove border from adjacent cells as well
Left - remove border of cells with option is not select, right - option is select
  • Multiple status-bar functions can be active at the same time. tdf#42629 (Dennis Francis, Dag Wieers)
Status-bar functions Sum and Count are active at the same time
  • Currency drop-down list attached to currency toolbar icon makes it easy to choose and use desired currency format. tdf#82641 (Mohammed Abdul Azeem; Michael Meeks)
Currency drop-down list
  • Freeze Rows and Columns button became a split button and added "Freeze First Row" and "Freeze first Column" options in that button. tdf#91013 (Gülşah Köse - Maxim Monastirsky)
Freeze first column
  • Curve button became a split button and related with a toolbox including new 5 drawing tools. tdf#90505 (Gülşah Köse)
New toolbox on drawing toolbar
  • Extensive function tooltips. tdf#95878 (Keigo Kawamura)
Tooltip describes the function and its arguments

New spreadsheet functions

  • RAWSUBTRACT to subtract numbers without canceling out small roundoff errors. tdf#71459 (Eike Rathke (Red Hat, Inc.))
    • =RAWSUBTRACT(a,b,c) is like =a-b-c, but the - minus operator cancels out small roundoff errors that are due to the fact that not every decimal number can be exactly represented as a binary floating point number and effectively the operation snaps to zero. RAWSUBTRACT uses the IEEE754 operation the platform/compiler provides. For example, =0.3-0.2-0.1 results in 0, whereas =RAWSUBTRACT(0.3,0.2,0.1) results in 2.77555756156289E-17
    Note: Uncheck Tools ▸ Options ▸ Calc ▸ Calculate ▸ Limit decimals for general number format to get this result.
    • This can be used to compare whether a result exactly matches an expected number, i.e. if =RAWSUBTRACT(result,expected) equals 0.0
  • FORECAST.ETS a set of forecasting functions that use triple and double exponential smoothing and handle seasonal effects. tdf#94635 (Winfried Donkers)
    • The Holt-Winters algorithms are used. Both Additional and Multiplicative methods are supported for triple exponential smoothing.
    • The set consists of the functions FORECAST.ETS.ADD*, FORECAST.ETS.MULT, FORECAST.ETS.SEASONALITY*, FORECAST.ETS.PI.ADD*, FORECAST.ETS.PI.MULT, FORECAST.ETS.STAT.ADD* and FORECAST.ETS.STAT.MULT. The functions marked with * are interchangeable with MS Excel2016.
Example of forecasted range with prediction intervals for 95% confidence.
  • CONCAT an enhanced version of CONCATENATE, allowing ranges, columns and references as arguments tdf#97831 (Winfried Donkers)
    • The function is compatible with MS Excel 2016 function CONCAT.
  • TEXTJOIN to concatenate strings with delimeters between the strings. tdf#97831 (Winfried Donkers)
    • TEXTJOIN allows the same string arguments as CONCAT and has a string argument that will be used as delimiter between the strings to be joined.
    • Also, it is possible to opt for empty cells to be skipped.
    • The function is compatible with MS Excel 2016 function TEXTJOIN.
  • IFS a cascaded IF-function tdf#97831 (Winfried Donkers)
    • IFS works like if A then B else if C then D else if (etc.).
    • The function is compatible with MS Excel 2016 function IFS.
  • SWITCH a multiple choice selection function tdf#97831 (Winfried Donkers)
    • SWITCH compares one expression with 1 to n possible values and returns the result belonging to the first values that equals expression.
    • The function is compatible with MS Excel 2016 function SWITCH.
  • MINIFS, MAXIFS tdf#97831 (Winfried Donkers)
    • These statistical functions work like SUMIFS and AVERAGEIFS, but return the minimum respectively maximum value of the resulting range.
    • The functions are compatible with MS Excel 2016 functions MINIFS and MAXIFS.

Changed spreadsheet functions

  • WEEKDAY handles additional type argument values. tdf#100396 (Eike Rathke (Red Hat, Inc.))
    • For interoperability with other spreadsheet implementations the following new argument values for the second Type parameter are accepted and let WEEKDAY return numbers from 1 to 7:
      • 11: Monday 1 to Sunday 7
      • 12: Tuesday 1 to Monday 7
      • 13: Wednesday 1 to Tuesday 7
      • 14: Thursday 1 to Wednesday 7
      • 15: Friday 1 to Thursday 7
      • 16: Saturday 1 to Friday 7
      • 17: Sunday 1 to Saturday 7
    • Previous versions accepted all integer values as Type argument, but any number not 1 or 2 or 3 was handled the same as 3, returning values starting with Monday=0. Now all values not of the set 1,2,3,11,12,13,14,15,16,17 let WEEKDAY return an error.


Support wildcards to be compatible with XLS/XLSX and with ODF 1.2

Simple wildcards as known from other spreadsheet applications can now be used in formula expressions. (Eike Rathke (Red Hat, Inc.))

Wildcards are

  • * (asterisk) any sequence of characters, including empty sequence
  • ? (question mark) any character, exactly one
  • ~ (tilde) escapes the special meaning of the following asterisk, question mark or tilde

See also tdf#72196 and related section in ODF 1.2 table:use-wildcards and OpenFormula Host-Defined Behaviors

Wildcards are supported in all functions that already supported regular expressions, which are: all database functions DAVERAGE, DCOUNT, DCOUNTA, DGET, DMAX, DMIN, DPRODUCT, DSTDEV, DSTDEVP, DSUM, DVAR and DVARP; the functions COUNTIF, COUNTIFS, HLOOKUP, LOOKUP, MATCH, VLOOKUP, SUMIF, SUMIFS, AVERAGEIF, AVERAGEIFS and SEARCH.

Accordingly the setting was changed, under Menu ▸ Tools ▸ Options ▸ Calc ▸ Calculate there is now a Enable wildcards in formulas radio button grouped with Enable regular expressions in formulas and No wildcards or regular expressions in formulas. When reading ODF spreadsheet documents with table:use-wildcards enabled or importing Microsoft Excel spreadsheet documents the option is set to wildcards enabled.

Using named expressions and ranges with sheet-local scope on other sheets

It is now possible to use a defined name with a scope local to a sheet in a formula on any other sheet. tdf#96915 (Eike Rathke (Red Hat, Inc.))

For example, a named range LocalName defined with scope Sheet1 can be used in a formula on Sheet2 as =SUM(Sheet1.LocalName), usual sheet name constraints for references apply, e.g. if the sheet name contains a blank it has to be enclosed in single quotes, as in =SUM('Other Sheet'.LocalName)

Copying named expressions and ranges while copying sheets

While copying entire sheets, named expressions and ranges that point to the copied sheet and are used by any formula cell that is copied along with the sheet are copied to new sheet-local scoped names. tdf#75372 (Eike Rathke (Red Hat, Inc.))

For example, a document with sheet Sheet1 and the defined names

Name Expression Scope
global $Sheet1.$A$1 Document (Global)
global_global global*100 Document (Global)
global_local local*1000 Document (Global)
local $Sheet1.$A$2 Sheet1
local_global global*10000 Sheet1
local_local local*100000 Sheet1

and formula cells using the names global_global, global_local, local_global and local_local, copying Sheet1 to NewSheet will result in the defined names (Manage Names dialog invoked on NewSheet)

Name Expression Scope
global $Sheet1.$A$1 Document (Global)
global $NewSheet.$A$1 NewSheet
global_global global*100 Document (Global)
global_global global*100 NewSheet
global_local Sheet1.local*1000 Document (Global)
global_local local*1000 NewSheet
local $Sheet1.$A$2 Sheet1
local $NewSheet.$A$2 NewSheet
local_global global*10000 Sheet1
local_global global*10000 NewSheet
local_local Sheet1.local*100000 Sheet1
local_local local*100000 NewSheet

thus the formulas continue to work and the names point to the copied cells as expected.

Number Format

  • Date/Time Formats (Laurent BP)

Impress & Draw

A quick look at some of the new features in LibreOffice Impress 5.2

  • Effects list moved from dialog into the Custom Animation sidebar tab. tdf#87813 (Rishabh Kumar, GSoC 2015; Yousuf Philips)
  • Custom Animation list has more details in it that can be seen at a glance. tdf#87812 (Akshay Deep; Yousuf Philips)
  • Speed drop down menus with presets are replaced with comboboxes with editable values. tdf#98037 (Akshay Deep)
  • Additional tweaks to the menu items in the main menu bar. tdf#91857 (Yousuf Philips)
  • Quick access to slide and page properties in a new 'Slide' and 'Page' content panel in the 'Properties' sidebar tab. (see this blog entry) tdf#89466 (Rishabh Kumar, GSoC 2015; Katarina Behrens, CIB; Susobhan Ghosh, GSoC 2016; Yousuf Philips)
LO-5.2-Impress-Sidebar-Prop.-Slide.png
  • Showing/Hiding draw functions with option button can be used in Impress and Draw too. tdf#89540 (Gülşah Köse)
Drawfuncbuttondraw.png
Drawfuncbarimpress.png
  • It is now possible to export to PDF only notes pages. tdf#39271 (David Tardon)

Base

Chart

  • Automatic Y log scale is no more forced to 1 tdf#96871 (Laurent BP)
  • Trend line: improve rendering of polynomial equation (Laurent BP)
    • before f(x) = 2x^2 - x + 1
    • after f(x) = 2x² − x + 1
  • Wrap trend line equation if it is longer than chart width tdf#94004 (Laurent BP)
Distorded chart (before LibO 5.2)
Wrapped trend line equation to fit in chart width (LibO 5.2)

Math

Core / General

Document signing

  • Added support for signature descriptions and signing with the same certificate multiple times. blog entry. (Miklos Vajna, Collabora)
New signature descriptions
  • Added support for reading SHA-256 hashes in ODF documents. tdf#76142. blog entry (Miklos Vajna, Collabora)
  • Added support for OOXML signature import. blog entry. (Miklos Vajna, Collabora)
  • Added support for OOXML signature export. blog entry. (Miklos Vajna, Collabora)

Classification according to TSCP-standards

  • In Writer, Calc and Impress there is the tool bar Classification that allows choosing the classification level.
  • Choosing the classification level will result in an info bar, and in Writer (depending on the level) also in a watermark and a field in the header and footer. All showing the level of classification. Of course the classification is stored in document properties.
  • In the current implementation there are three categories to choose from. The first one (named "Intelectual property" according to TSCP_BAILSv1) sets the header/footer and watermark (for certain levels). This is likely to be modfied in future versions.
  • Look for Classification Bar in the local or on line Help [1]. Also see this blog entry. (Miklos Vajna, Collabora)

Shortcuts

  • On Windows, Alt+F12 has been assigned to Tools ▸ Options. tdf#98290 (Yousuf Philips)
  • On Mac OS, ⌘ Cmd+G has been assigned to Find Next, ⌘ Cmd+: to Spellcheck, and ⌘ Cmd+Ctrl+F to Fullscreen. (Yousuf Philips)

Kernel

Help Contents

  • Updates in help pages (Adolfo Jayme Barrientos, Stanislav Horáček, Eike Rathke, Maxim Monastirsky, Yousuf Philips, Olivier Hallot)

Extension

Performance

  • Improve performance of VCL event dispatch. (David Tardon)

Infrastructure

  • The official TDF builds for Windows and Linux contain a crash reporter with a server based crash analysis. more info

Programmation & Support

Code Rebuild

Filters

  • Better import of DOCX and RTF linked graphic into LibreOffice Writer tdf#59699 blog entry (Miklos Vajna, Collabora)
  • Microsoft Word for DOS files can now be imported, via libwps. (Sean Young)
  • EMF files now display dashed and dotted lines correctly. tdf#79679 (Chris Sherlock)
  • EMF files now import with correct line caps and joins. commit (Stephan van den Akker)
  • JPEG files now export the DPI correctly. tdf#85761 (Chris Sherlock)
  • Some improvements done in SVGIO import filter [Insert -> Image]. More Information (Xisco Faulí)

GUI

A quick look at some of the general new features in LibreOffice 5.2

  • Print to File now available within the list of printers in Print dialog. tdf#94097 (Katarina Behrens, CIB)
  • Video clips, charts and OLE objects will resize proportionately by default. tdf#97919 (Samuel Mehrbrodt, CIB)
  • Improved resizing behavior for images, videos and OLE objects: Dragging a corner will resize proportionately while dragging an edge will resize unproportionately. tdf#84953 (Samuel Mehrbrodt, CIB)
  • Simplification of Character spacing. tdf#89953 (Samuel Mehrbrodt [CIB], Oliver Specht [CIB])
  • "Save as Template" is now available in the Save toolbar button dropdown tdf#99926 (Samuel Mehrbrodt, CIB)
  • Native gtk3 menubar in LibreOffice. blog post. (Caolán McNamara, Red Hat)
  • Native gtk3 tooltips, popovers and context menus. blog post. (Caolán McNamara, Red Hat)

Start Center

New expert configuration option "RecentDocsThumbnail" to disable thumbnails in the Start Center (Pierre Sauter) tdf#74834

Window

  • In Windows can switch the Keyboard-Layout per application, it is possible for LibreOffice, now. tdf#98924 (Juergen Funk, CIB)


Menu

Configuration

  • The Tools ▸ Customize... dialog has now a new Context Menus tab, where it's possible to customize most of context menus. tdf#93837 (Maxim Monastirsky)

Basic Editor

  • Tabs in Basic Editor have been moved to an own row to not depend on the scrollbar height (Samuel Mehrbrodt, CIB) tdf#96683

JVM Start Parameters

  • Added the possibility to edit existing JVM start parameters. (Akshay Deep) tdf#97425

Revamped Find & Replace Dialog

  • Added Find Previous button. tdf#98417 (Akshay Deep; Yousuf Philips)
  • New wide layout for the Find & Replace dialog. tdf#98539 (Akshay Deep; Yousuf Philips)
Find/Replace Dialog: Condensed
Find/Replace Dialog: Expanded

Remote Files Dialog

  • Added Icon View and buttons for switching between modes (Szymon Kłos; Yousuf Philips; Heiko Tietze)
Remote Files Dialog with icon view
  • Google Drive's Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) now supported tdf#87938 (Szymon Kłos)
GDrive 2FA: PIN request

Template Manager

  • New user interface for Template Manager (see this blog entry) (Akshay Deep, GSoC 2016; Yousuf Philips; Samuel Mehrbrodt)
Template Manager layout
  • Context Menu for non-browse functions
  • Bottom controls for browse functions
  • Search and combobox filters for filtering templates

Help

A huge number of Help pages have been added or updated for new and changed features.
(In case you find some Help text missing or outdated, it can be added to bugzilla; please and put "blocks" to issue tdf#80430. That bug also shows known issues for missing/wrong Help, that need to be resolved.)

Localization

  • The accent mark in Calc function names in the Spanish language (e.g. DÍA(), MÁX()) has been removed in version 5.2.3, as alignment to other spreadsheet implementations tdf#101981 (Adolfo Jayme Barrientos, Johnny_M)

New languages/locales with locale data

Available as default document language and for locale specific formatting.

Additional languages in the language list

Available for text attribution.

  • Apatani [apt-IN]. tdf#97386 (Eike Rathke (Red Hat, Inc.))
  • Interlingue Occidental [ie]. tdf#96647 (Eike Rathke (Red Hat, Inc.))
  • English (Mauritius) [en-MU]. tdf#99372 (Eike Rathke (Red Hat, Inc.))
  • French (Mauritius) [fr-MU]. tdf#99372 (Eike Rathke (Red Hat, Inc.))

Incorporation of other languages

Our goal is to support as many languages as possible. We would like to thank the following people for voluntary translation in LibreOffice and help in preserving their native languages:

Improvements to proofing tools and language support

  • Proofing tools for Portuguese language (pt-PT) have been largely improved tdf#97439 (Marco A. G. Pinto, Olivier Hallot, and Raimundo Moura)
    • 168 new entries for pt-PT autocorrection
  • New thesaurus for Czech language (Jan Holešovský)
If you speak an endangered language and want to help us to achieve our goal of providing free tools for every single person on the Earth, please join us.

Feature removal / deprecation

General

  • Support for embedding NPAPI Plugins (mostly Adobe Flash) in documents has now been removed.
  • ActiveX support is considered deprecated and may be removed in the future. If this change negatively affects your Windows application please email the LibreOffice development list with your use case and plan for moving off of ActiveX. We specifically want feedback if you use ActiveX to embed LibreOffice components into your application.
  • Support was removed for the undocumented perftune.ini flags FastPipeCommunication (commit) and QuickstartPreloadConfiguration (commit).

Impress

  • The feature to show the Navigator during the presentation has been removed. tdf#96414 (Bryan Quigley)
  • The pointer (pen) button and its command uno:NavigatorPen have been removed from the Navigator. (Bryan Quigley)

API changes

C++ UNO language binding and URE libraries

UNO API changes

  • The PathSubstitution service now has a substitution for $(username) which is replaced with the currently logged in user. tdf#98407 (Samuel Mehrbrodt, CIB)
  • It's now possible to manipulate context menus via the com.sun.star.ui.UIConfigurationManager API, by using URLs like private:resource/popupmenu/menu_name. tdf#93837 (Maxim Monastirsky)
  • Users of the com.sun.star.ui.XContextMenuInterceptor API, can now get the resource URL of the currently executing context menu, as the ActionTriggerContainer attribute of the com.sun.star.ui.ContextMenuExecuteEvent struct implements the com.sun.star.container.XNamed interface. (It was implementing it earlier too, but was returning empty string.) tdf#93837 (Maxim Monastirsky)
  • The undocumented com.sun.star.ui.dialogs.TabContainerWindow service implementation (with implementation name com.sun.star.comp.framework.TabWindowService) was removed. commit
  • The module com.sun.star.plugin and the NPAPI Plugin related interfaces com.sun.star.mozilla.XPluginInstance com.sun.star.mozilla.XPluginInstanceNotifySink com.sun.star.mozilla.XPluginInstancePeercom.sun.star.mozilla.XPluginInstanceSyncPeer com.sun.star.mozilla.XPluginWindowPeer were removed commit core commit 06726aa39eaeba71701742d28a1a81bd1574f883

The following UNO interfaces and services were changed:

  • com.sun.star.xml.sax.XFastShapeContextHandler commit
  • com.sun.star.office.XAnnotation commit
  • com.sun.star.sheet.NameToken commit
  • com/sun/star/chart2/XRegressionCurveCalculator commit
  • com.sun.star.awt.XToolkitExperimental commit

Dispatch Commands

The .uno:TaskPane command and the underlying TaskPane code have been removed. The command used to show the TaskPane which was used in Impress before it has been superseded by the Sidebar. Legacy extensions using TaskPanes are still supported by the Sidebar. commit (Samuel Mehrbrodt, CIB)

SDK

  • The regcompare command-line tool in the SDK has been superseded by unoidl-check (running the latter without any arguments prints out usage information). (It had already been used as a replacement for regcompare inside the LO build environment, as it supports more input formats than merely the old-style binary .rdb format, so this is a move to consolidate on a single tool again.) commit
  • codemaker generated C++ headers for UNO structs now contain operator== and operator!= commit