Issue 50050 - Add user option to turn off backspace removal of paragraph indentation
Summary: Add user option to turn off backspace removal of paragraph indentation
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Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: editing (show other issues)
Version: OOo 2.0 Beta
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial with 14 votes (vote)
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Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Reported: 2005-05-30 15:28 UTC by jnoreiko
Modified: 2013-02-07 22:43 UTC (History)
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Description jnoreiko 2005-05-30 15:28:58 UTC
Hitting backspace at the start of a paragraph with indentation removes the indent.
Issue 46727 reports this as a bug, and has been closed with the comment that
this is a feature desired by users. However, some users consider this feature
counter-intuitive and confusing. I think that users who are familiar with
paragraph formatting and the use of stylesheets know to set indents in the
paragraph options, and would expect backspace at the start of a paragraph to
simply remove the paragraph break above and merge the current paragraph with the
previous one.

It would be nice to have a user-set option to switch this behaviour off, perhaps
in the Tools -> AutoCorrect -> Options tab.

There is also a bug in the feature as it stands, whereby formatting is removed
from both the current paragraph and the one above: see the Wed Apr 6 2005
comment on Issue 46727.
Comment 1 michael.ruess 2005-05-30 15:56:06 UTC
Reassigned to requirements.
Comment 2 jnoreiko 2005-05-30 21:11:32 UTC
A nice bonus feature would be for the help lighbulb to appear the first time the
user removes an indent with backspace, to give them the opportunity to change
the behaviour.
Comment 3 somatic 2007-08-31 09:00:37 UTC
If there's any way to switch this off, I would love that. I had assumed that 
this must be a bug, but was informed it was a feature.

Hitting backspace should only delete characters, not reformat the paragraph 
above. It can get very frustrating in day to day usage to constantly have to 
go back to the Format: Paragraph: First Line settings, and reset it every time 
you hit backspace to merge your paragraph with the one above.

If it is a feature and not a bug: I can't imagine so many people would need 
this "shortcut" that it would be mapped to something as simple as the 
backspace key. Deleting characters is simply that: deleting characters. If 
anything, the below paragraph should inherit the above paragraph's settings, 
because what you're really doing, when you do that, is making the thing below 
a part of the thing above.
Comment 4 pesala 2007-09-05 09:08:25 UTC
Anyone frustrated by this issue should use Control Backspace to remove the paragraph 
break. Then the formatting of the previous paragraph is retained.

Although many users may find the current behaviour counter-intuitive, it is 
actually useful to many users, and it is not difficult to adjust to unless you use 
Word most of the time and OpenOffice only occasionally. Regular or exclusive users 
of OpenOffice would not regard this as a significant problem at all.

This option should probably be added to Options, Writer, 
Comment 5 cjames53 2008-07-06 18:47:26 UTC
PLEASE, PLEASE add an option to disable backspace-removes-indent.  This is
REALLY important.  This was a bad feature when Microsoft introduced it, and is
still a bad feature.  It may be useful to amateurs, but any serious writer who
understands the proper use of style sheets knew to disable it in MS Word.  The
fact that it can't be disabled in OO is a HUGE productivity problem.  This is
the single biggest problem that I have with OO.

Comment 6 binarybits 2009-12-12 15:42:21 UTC
I agree with the others. Please fix this. This "feature" is infuriating for people who understand how the 
ruler works. If I've set a block of text to have a particular indentation, why on Earth would I want the 
backspace key to change the indentation. Microsoft Word has an option to disable this feature, and OOo 
ought to as well.
Comment 7 mortmercoleth 2010-10-23 15:36:11 UTC
Created attachment 72569