Issue 112163

Summary: Multiple "sheets" in Writer
Product: Writer Reporter: Dotan Cohen <>
Component: save-exportAssignee: AOO issues mailing list <issues>
Status: CONFIRMED --- QA Contact:
Severity: Trivial    
Priority: P3 CC: andy, elish, issues, jbf.faure, tim
Version: OOo 3.2   
Target Milestone: ---   
Hardware: All   
OS: All   
Issue Type: ENHANCEMENT Latest Confirmation in: 4.1.0-dev
Developer Difficulty: ---

Description Dotan Cohen 2010-06-06 14:25:16 UTC
Calc lets users have multiple "sheets" in a single file. As each sheet is a
document unto itself, it would be great if something similar could be done in
Writer. I.E., a Writer file would have multiple documents or "sheets".

Comment 1 eric.savary 2010-06-06 14:34:14 UTC

*** This issue has been marked as a duplicate of 12686 ***
Comment 2 eric.savary 2010-06-06 14:34:35 UTC
Comment 3 Dotan Cohen 2010-06-06 16:38:05 UTC
Thanks, ES, but this is not a dupe. Issue 12686 requests that multiple files be
opened in a single Writer window. This issue requests that multiple Writer
documents be stored in a single ODT file, just as multiple sheets can be stored
in a single ODS file.

For instance, I am writing an essay in three languages. I need all three of
those documents to be in a single file. In Calc this is easy, the user opens a
single file and he can have multiple sheets. It is exactly this sheet feature of
Calc that I suggest for Writer as well.

I had tried to use Master Documents, but it is the exact opposite of what I
need: Master Documents lets multiple files be combined into a single document. I
need a single file to hold multiple documents.
Comment 4 eric.savary 2010-06-06 16:46:20 UTC
What is the interest of such a feature?
- easy switch between documents? this would be tabbed view as I first rated
- loading different document it one time? This is already possible.
Comment 5 eric.savary 2010-06-06 17:18:24 UTC
Or do you need a view side by side? This would be then issue 91001.
Comment 6 timdeaton 2010-06-07 04:43:06 UTC
The "tabs" in issue 12686 would be separate odt files that just APPEAR together,
much like the tabs in Mozilla Firefox.  The "tabs" in OO.o Calc may be thought
of as separate documents, but they are all part of ONE ods file.  I believe the
Calc-style tabbed sheets is what dotancohen is after, and I think that would be
an excellent improvement for Writer.
Comment 7 Dotan Cohen 2010-06-07 08:10:41 UTC
> What is the interest of such a feature?
> - easy switch between documents? this would be tabbed view as I first rated


> - loading different document it one time? This is already possible.


> Or do you need a view side by side? This would be then issue 91001.


This issue proposes a single file with multiple documents.

Example: _Current_Calc_behaviour_: A user can open expenses.ods in Calc and
within that file are three sheets: homeExpenses, businessExpenses, and
hobbyExpenses. Within the single expenses.ods file are three different, but
related documents.

Example: _Desired_Writer_behaviour_: The user would open resume.odt and within
that file are three sheets: englishResume, hebrewResume, and russianResume.
Within the single resume.ods file are three different, but related documents.
Comment 8 michael.ruess 2010-06-07 08:19:52 UTC
Reassigned to requirements.
Comment 9 dupreyb 2010-06-11 01:40:39 UTC
Instead of focusing on parallels to Calc, let's think instead about this:

  * You have a "family" of text documents, all related to the same
    overall function.
  * The documents are fully independent of each other for such things
    as styles, page numbering, layout, and so on.
  * When something causes you to want to edit or refer to one of these
    documents, chances are high that your requirement extends also to
    the other documents in the family.
  * Currently, each of these documents has a different name, and you
    open each in a separate window to achieve your objective.
  * The proposal is to allow the documents to retain their
    independence, but be contained in a single file that can be opened
    with one action and makes the individual documents readily
    accessible from each other to streamline the updating and/or
    referencing activities you need to perform.
  * When you have accomplished your task, you currently close each
    document separately. With the new structure, a single action
    closes all the documents.

Besides improving efficiency for the document owner, an advantage to this
structure is that the recovery information tracks together for all the
documents, making it less likely that they will get out of sync by being
restored to different points in your workflow.
Comment 10 Edwin Sharp 2013-07-17 11:45:13 UTC
It would be wonderful if Writer had tabs to view different files in the same window.

Having multiple text documents within the same computer file will be awkward IMHO.
Spreadsheets are different because calculations often need experiment and a near by sheet is handy.
I do think that by default Calc should open with one sheet instead of three.
Comment 11 timdeaton 2013-07-17 20:04:08 UTC
I think Dotan's and dupreyb's comments explain the usefulness of this request quite well.  I STILL think having multiple tabs (as in Calc) would be a very useful addition, and one that would GET a lot of use once it appears.
Comment 12 Edwin Sharp 2014-04-02 10:56:13 UTC
I am very much against this enhancement but majority rules.