Issue 20021 - Cell-Select, Table-Select commands and Table-Format command-name
Summary: Cell-Select, Table-Select commands and Table-Format command-name
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of issue 20020
Alias: None
Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: OOo 1.1 RC4
Hardware: PC Windows 2000
: P3 Trivial (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: h.ilter
QA Contact: issues@sw
Depends on:
Reported: 2003-09-25 06:23 UTC by Unknown
Modified: 2003-10-22 12:45 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Issue Type: FEATURE
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Developer Difficulty: ---


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Description Unknown 2003-09-25 06:23:20 UTC
This enhancement request is primarily targeted at making MS Office users more
comfortable with OpenOffice.

The task the user wants to accomplish (user story):

    Alter a particular table-cell, table-row or table-column's border or
background.  (*Not the entire table*, just a particular cell or cell-range).

OO does not currently have any commands I could find for "select cell".  It's
possible to select a range of cells by dragging between cells and then shrink
back to the single cell, but there's nothing obvious, particularly nothing in
the menus or right-click menus for such selections.  It would be useful to add
such commands for users, particularly those not familiar with mouse-dragging as
a selection tool.  Users are accustomed to direct-manipulation interfaces where
they select the thing they want to alter, then alter it using context-sensitive

OO also does not alter menu commands (right-click or main-menu) to reflect the
fact that cells are going to be targetted rather than the entire table, i.e. to
say "cell properties" or "cell style" or "format cell" or even "cells...",
instead, "Table..." is used everywhere.  As a result, the user doesn't expect
the "Table..." option to be focussed on the current cell, they expect it to
alter the entire table.  They spend time looking for a way to select the cell so
that the menu will alter to show "Format Cells" or the like.

(Note that "Table..." is the same name given to the Insert|Table... command). 
This is especially problematic in the right-click menu, where there's no context
"Format" to suggest what the Table... option does (it seems more likely to alter
the table structure than the format)).

There is no help section on "selecting cells" or "select cell" or similar
topics.  My user (MS Office neophyte user) spent 10 minutes or so trying to
figure out how to select the whole cell with double and triple clicks, and
clicks on the margins of the cell, before finally giving up on being able to
select a cell.  Eventually she tried Format|Table... option out of desperation,
expecting it to be something entirely different than what it was, (namely
something that would let her insert a new Table as an element of formatting).

    Use "Format Table..." rather than "Table..." as the name for the
Table-formatting dialog.
    Use "Format Cells..." when cells are selected, and provide a seperate
"Format Table..." option.  They can link to the same dialog if necessary, the
idea being to assure the user that they will be altering only the selected
cells, not the whole table.
    Add "Select Cell", and "Select Table" commands to menus.
Comment 1 mci 2003-10-22 12:43:34 UTC
double of 20020

*** This issue has been marked as a duplicate of 20020 ***
Comment 2 mci 2003-10-22 12:45:38 UTC