Issue 1596 - Select rectangular region of text should be possible
Summary: Select rectangular region of text should be possible
Alias: None
Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: editing (show other issues)
Version: 633
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial with 25 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: eric.savary
QA Contact: issues@sw
Keywords: oooqa, rfe_eval_ok, usability
: 9249 12588 19395 19719 37107 46997 55057 55958 61341 75024 (view as issue list)
Depends on:
Reported: 2001-08-31 22:32 UTC by burnus
Modified: 2013-08-07 14:42 UTC (History)
12 users (show)

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TCS for the block selection (7.92 KB, text/html)
2007-11-06 16:37 UTC, eric.savary
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Description burnus 2001-08-31 22:32:37 UTC
It would be nice that using a switch (such as Alt in MS Word) it would be
possible to select a rectangular region of writting, such as a column in a
tabbed table.

For instance:

Foo	Bar	Yeah
Foa	Baru	yeast
Fou	Barlu	you

Now make the B words bold. In Word you could click left of "Bar" hold [Alt] and
move the mouse between "Barlu" and "you". There are other cases where this
feature can be come rather handy (In the fixed-sized, monospaced-font
wordprocessor time, this was easier ;-)
Comment 1 stefan.baltzer 2001-09-03 13:51:41 UTC
Reassigned to Falko.
Comment 2 falko.tesch 2001-09-17 10:15:10 UTC
Rectengular selection makes sense.
Comment 3 falko.tesch 2003-10-06 11:36:49 UTC
Enable vertical/block text selection in Writer.
This feature is equivalent the ALT-modifier for selection in Word.

Comment 4 falko.tesch 2003-10-15 10:54:33 UTC
*** Issue 19395 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 5 maxo 2003-12-29 22:07:14 UTC
23638 is also a duplicate of this that I entered.

Comment 6 guido.pinkernell 2004-02-20 16:51:56 UTC
*** Issue 9249 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 7 guido.pinkernell 2004-02-20 16:52:40 UTC
*** Issue 12588 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 8 lohmaier 2004-03-06 14:20:13 UTC
*** Issue 19719 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 9 rblackeagle 2004-03-06 23:31:43 UTC
In addition to the selection of a column of text, it would be helpful to have
the ability to add, say a column of numbers.  This would permit a sum of a
selected column in a Writer document.
Comment 10 lohmaier 2004-03-06 23:58:31 UTC
in order to add a column of numbers you may want to use Text<->Table form the
Tools menu and then use a formula to calculate the result (and use Text<->Table
a second time to convert it back to regular text)...
Comment 11 rblackeagle 2004-03-07 00:18:29 UTC
Thanks, cloph.  That solution works perfectly.  It also works for copying
columns from one position to another.  Both the original and the copy are in
Table format and need changing back to Text.  In fact, this does exactly what I
had wanted with the additional bonus that the format of the numbers can be defined.
Comment 12 kcautx 2004-03-22 16:38:16 UTC
I've used this feature regularly for years in MS Word to incorporate only 
specific portions of text output from various utilities (e.g. IP sanners) into 
reports and documents for management review. Although I could use two programs 
to achieve this result, a text editor and then a word processor, I find it 
easier to use just one. I vote on this issue because I was trying to use Writer 
instead of Word to perform this very function and could not. The solution go 
find another program and load it too. So, I vote that this feature be added to 
Comment 13 bettina.haberer 2004-07-08 12:46:06 UTC
Due to owner change the status started got reset to new.
Comment 14 lohmaier 2004-08-30 20:59:57 UTC
reassigning & adding keywords according to new RFE process
Comment 15 bobharvey 2004-10-07 10:14:31 UTC
I've added my vote because this is a very useful feature that I miss badly.

I have frequently used rectangular cut and paste to take columns out of reports,
log files, etc and would find it very useful in Writer.

It is always possible to open text files in a spreadsheet, but I've had little
luck in OOo calc in converting text files to multi-column spreadsheets.

Rectangular cut and paste is an unusual omission, I am surprised I cannot do it. shows I am not alone.
Comment 16 lohmaier 2004-11-16 18:56:07 UTC
*** Issue 37107 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 17 michael.ruess 2005-04-08 09:33:56 UTC
*** Issue 46997 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 18 tommyads 2005-04-08 13:08:46 UTC
Maybe this could help: I think this feature would be easier to implement, if -
by a button - a kind of column-mode could be started/stopped, in which
rectangular selections and/or column-manipulations were possible.
Comment 19 rgb 2005-06-09 09:41:03 UTC
To tommyads:
You can use "Tools" -> "Text <-> Table"
Comment 20 bobharvey 2005-06-09 22:10:18 UTC
I don't believe that text-table is an appropriate solution.  There are many
possible layouts where no suitable clues exist to automatically align table
cells in the appropriate place.
Comment 21 maxo 2005-06-17 17:57:16 UTC
I believe this should be a function which can be assigned by the user to a hot
key combination or to a button.

Under Word, this function consists of pressing the ALT key, THEN clicking the
mouse and swiping the text which marks and selects a rectangular box.

As a work around, I suggest folks get a text editor like textpad or notetab
until this is addressed.
Comment 22 michael.ruess 2005-09-26 16:56:40 UTC
*** Issue 55057 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 23 michael.ruess 2005-10-14 08:13:10 UTC
*** Issue 55958 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 24 richlv 2005-11-28 16:53:47 UTC
umm, adding myself to cc, so i'll just ask - what is the status ? this is very 
old issue, but target still is ooo later.
Comment 25 hobie 2005-12-01 13:52:33 UTC
I have used this feature for years in MS Word to select rectangular block of
text to delete, move, copy etc.  I don't think I could completely switch to
Writer without this feature.

I am voting for this and also adding myself to the cc.
Comment 26 michael.ruess 2006-01-30 10:33:31 UTC
*** Issue 61341 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 27 titti 2007-01-24 10:48:26 UTC
I have used this function with Word for many years and I find it extremely
useful in order to make various types of operations. copy moves, occasional sums
or arithmetical operations with column of numbers.
Comment 28 Mathias_Bauer 2007-03-05 11:18:23 UTC
Andreas, please take over
Comment 29 lohmaier 2007-03-06 18:37:58 UTC
*** Issue 75024 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 30 andreas.martens 2007-03-07 08:06:27 UTC
Planned for 2.3, CWS swcolsel.
Comment 31 smuto 2007-04-17 14:01:18 UTC
Often I need make column selection to format first word in list. Copy to table 
or spreadsheet cause loss formating:

first...........some text
second..........some text
third...........some text
fourth..........some text

Comment 32 Oliver Specht 2007-06-06 12:34:47 UTC
Added menu entry and short cut, changed files: 

Comment 33 andreas.martens 2007-07-05 08:12:51 UTC
Set target 2.4.
Feature is nearly finished but nearly is not enough for our upcoming feature
freeze date.
So this feature will be integrated soon after the 2.4 code line will started.
Comment 34 kpalagin 2007-10-04 14:56:16 UTC
What is the current status of this enhancement?

Comment 35 andreas.martens 2007-10-04 17:46:55 UTC
Status: I will resync the CWS swcolsel in the next days. If nobody complains, it
will be integrated soon.

For all interested people: Please have a look at the specification:

The CWS swcolsel should cover this specification.

Comment 36 richlv 2007-10-04 17:50:54 UTC
it seems the correct path is
Comment 37 andreas.martens 2007-10-04 17:54:03 UTC
This was just a test if somebody is interested ;-)
Comment 38 andreas.martens 2007-10-24 07:51:56 UTC
Ready for QA.
Comment 39 andreas.martens 2007-10-24 08:01:34 UTC
Fixed in CWS swcolsel
Comment 40 eric.savary 2007-11-06 16:37:25 UTC
Created attachment 49473 [details]
TCS for the block selection
Comment 41 eric.savary 2007-11-06 16:38:07 UTC
Added TCS for the block selection.
Comment 42 eric.savary 2007-11-14 14:17:11 UTC
Added link to the Spec in the URL field.
Comment 43 eric.savary 2007-12-07 16:38:32 UTC
Verified in CWS swcolsel
Comment 44 eric.savary 2007-12-07 16:39:16 UTC
Inegrated in m238