Issue 23582 - Spacing Controls in Forms
Summary: Spacing Controls in Forms
Alias: None
Product: General
Classification: Code
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: OOo 1.1
Hardware: All All
: P4 Trivial (vote)
Target Milestone: AOO Later
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Keywords: rfe_eval_ok
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Reported: 2003-12-15 21:52 UTC by kelvine
Modified: 2013-02-07 22:38 UTC (History)
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Description kelvine 2003-12-15 21:52:24 UTC

I would like to make a suggestion on adding the ability to select the vertical 
and/or horizontal spacing between controls when designing a form.

A feature of MS Access I use often is the Horizontal and Vertical spacing. 

The features I find tedious in Access are the Increase and Decrease spacing. I 
usually space equally and then increase or decrease. What I am really 
generally trying to do is to bring the vertical spacing down to what I feel is 
visually acceptable. 

The missing option I find in MS Access is a Spacing - None (for no spacing). 

Then I could simply:
Select controls using lasso
Select Spacing None
Select Increase one or two times to get the desired space between controls.

The reason this does not work well in MS Access is I have to space Equal first 
and then repeatedly decrease the space. When the spacing is large this can 
take many repeats of the decrease option. A single Space - None, with one or 
two Increase space, would give me a faster result. (I hope that clarifies 
where I feel MS Access is a little weak and could improve upon.)

The Spacing - None option is also important in the following situation.

I often have a group of fields that are related. They usually are added to a 
form one at a time and have spacing between them. Perform left align and then 
follow with spacing none, would allow me to more quickly layout this situation.

So adding the following options to OOo would help with a better user
experience for Controls and possibly shapes in general.

Horizontal spacing
 - Make equal
 - Increase
 - Decrease
 - None

Vertical spacing
 - Make equal
 - Increase
 - Decrease
 - None

Hope this helps clarify the suggestion.

Comment 1 marc.neumann 2003-12-16 11:53:35 UTC
Hi Bettina,

one more for the enhancements of forms & controls.

Bye Marc
Comment 2 bettina.haberer 2004-01-29 16:48:19 UTC
Hello Kelvin, as this feature concerns all objects (shaes, graphics,...) and not
only form controls, it affects all applications. I changed the component
accordingly to 'framework'. Such a new feature has to be integrated into the
Drawing layer. Changings in this area are not planned for OO.o 2.0. Thus this
issue is considered for OO.o later.
Comment 3 bettina.haberer 2010-05-21 14:46:22 UTC
To grep the issues easier via "requirements" I put the issues currently lying on
my owner to the owner "requirements".