Issue 29364 - Add Character Style Dropdown List to object toolbar
Summary: Add Character Style Dropdown List to object toolbar
Alias: None
Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: formatting (show other issues)
Version: OOo 1.1
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial with 12 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Keywords: oooqa, rfe_eval_ok, usability
: 19962 51702 89486 (view as issue list)
Depends on:
Reported: 2004-05-20 11:19 UTC by dubiel
Modified: 2019-01-13 21:51 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

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Description dubiel 2004-05-20 11:19:16 UTC
On the toolbar we have Apply_Style dropdown list. But it is only about Paragraph
styles. It would be nice to have another for Character Styles.
Comment 1 rblackeagle 2004-05-22 12:32:01 UTC
That would be wonderful.

Perhaps user-selected for the toolbar.
Comment 2 frank 2004-10-23 15:34:04 UTC
wrong user for component
Comment 3 michael.ruess 2004-10-25 07:08:47 UTC
MRU->ES: I think, something regarding the Style-dropdown is planned... ;-)
please evaluate before reassigning to UserEx.
Comment 4 eric.savary 2004-10-25 08:31:01 UTC
ES->BH: applying/creating styles for all styles categories (not only for
paragraphs) from this listbox makes sense.
The problem will be to find an easy way to toggle between the categories.
Comment 5 toralf 2004-12-09 10:23:01 UTC
Isn't this the same thing as issue 19962?
Comment 6 dubiel 2004-12-09 12:28:48 UTC
"way to toggle between the categories" -- I would suggest to supply two widgets.
One would allow user to select character styles and the second one would allow
user to select paragraph styles. By default only character styles should be
visible on task bar, but user should be able to add paragraph selector through
Customize Toolbars. 

Most users need character styles, but some applications as label printing use
only paragraph styles. 
Comment 7 lohmaier 2004-12-09 21:05:02 UTC
*** Issue 19962 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 8 lohmaier 2004-12-09 21:07:08 UTC
setting keywords, reassigning
Comment 9 toralf 2004-12-10 07:49:28 UTC
Regarding the recent note from dubiel, isn't *paragraph* styles what is used
most of the time? I mean, to classify text as "body text" or header or whatever?
One reason why I want character styles, however, is that I think it should be
used instead of explicit font or attribute selection when you want to make
specific text e.g. within a section of "body text" stand out from the rest. That
way you know that your typographic conventions are consistent within the document.

If you want to limit the information visible, I would say that the default
display should contain only Paragraph Style and Character Style pulldowns, and
not font selection or italic/bold/underline toggle button - but I guess that may
be seen as a bit radical. And I said the same thing in that other report, didn't I?
Comment 10 toralf 2004-12-10 07:51:00 UTC
Oh, and issue 20692 is also related to this.
Comment 11 dubiel 2004-12-10 08:55:55 UTC
I definitely agree with toralf that the default display should contain only
Paragraph Style and Character Style pulldowns, and not font selection or
italic/bold/underline toggle button, but I also know, that most users would be
disappointed if they were not able to change font immediately with buttons on
the toolbar. 

Maybe the good solution is that the default display shows the same buttons as id
does now, but OO has hiddent toolbar for more advanced users containing only
Paragraph Style and Character Style. Advanced users will hide the former, and
show the latter. 
Comment 12 lohmaier 2004-12-10 19:49:31 UTC
see issue 7760 as well (option to force user to use styles)
Comment 13 Regina Henschel 2005-07-07 22:23:38 UTC
*** Issue 51702 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 14 nemoresus 2006-11-02 10:15:47 UTC
I strongly aggre with the last comment: a quick and easy way to switch from a
"classic" hand-made formatting UI to an UI with a strong emphasis on styles
using two dropdown lists for paragraph and character styles at least would be a
wonderfull addition and make OOo much more suitable for academic writers (and
more generally for people for who consistency is a must) IMHO.

but, a quick way to change formatting is also nice to have, would it be possible
to keep these "bold, italic..." buttons in a modified version that would create
a new style (or change the current one ?) instead of just changing formatting ?
Just a crazy idea, I fear this would look inconsistent at first sight but it
might prove usefull if cleanly done.
Comment 15 dubiel 2006-11-02 10:46:23 UTC
I think user should have option to choose what happens if he changes selected
text from normal to bold: 

1. the text is changed, but style remains the same
2. style is updated
Comment 16 nemoresus 2007-03-15 19:30:17 UTC
I am all for adding a "style only" toolbar as alternative to the default
formatting one. I think that the use of styles should be heavilly encouraged as
it offers much better results with much less work.

Adding an option to alter the behavior of the usual formatting buttons is
probably _not_ a good idea, OOo already has plenty of options (way too many for
me, as a gnome fanboy...).

Such a toolbar should contain dropdown menus to select paragraph and character
styles as it has been previously said. I think that having "create new style" as
last item would improve a lot its efficiency: this item should popup the style
creation dialog (which could go with a UI cleanup AMHA).

Styles are great, lets make OOo rock in this area :)
Comment 17 Rik 2019-01-11 09:53:59 UTC
Dear all,
I'd like to bump this; has there been any action on this since 2007 :) ? I am a new user, and have been surprised that there is a paragraph style selection dropdown in the main toolbar, but that there is NOT a similar dropdown for character style. It would be wonderful if that could also be present. Is there a way to do that now? 
Comment 18 Peter 2019-01-12 22:22:24 UTC
We have over 10k of confirmed Bugs. ;) However I added it to an overview list, lets see if someone can get interested.

Currently the only way is to work via pop up(F11) or the side pane.
Comment 19 Peter 2019-01-13 21:51:07 UTC
*** Issue 89486 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***