Issue 75123 - some shapes or frames above a graphic cannot be selected
Summary: some shapes or frames above a graphic cannot be selected
Alias: None
Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: formatting (show other issues)
Version: OOo 2.1
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial with 2 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
QA Contact:
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Reported: 2007-03-05 11:15 UTC by hagar_de_lest
Modified: 2017-05-20 11:25 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Issue Type: DEFECT
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Developer Difficulty: ---

File with non selectable shapes above graphic (27.60 KB, application/vnd.sun.xml.writer)
2007-03-05 11:16 UTC, hagar_de_lest
no flags Details
Some text frames and objects can't be selected but others can (66.80 KB, text/plain)
2007-03-05 14:40 UTC, foxcole
no flags Details

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Description hagar_de_lest 2007-03-05 11:15:05 UTC
In some documents, when Drawing shapes (created in Writer with the Drawing
toolbar) are placed above a graphic, they cannot be selected afterwards. Only
the picture is selected. The only way to have access to the shapes is either use
the arrow selection tool or resize the graphic. As soon as a shape is partly
outside the picture, it can be selected (if mouse points on the part outside the

No pattern found but it seems to occur for items in tables or nested tables.
Checked only on Windows right now.

See following attachment:
- taken from a document where the issue occurs, removed all material around
- replaced the initial pic by one of the OOo gallery
- edited the callout to replace the initial text
- copied and pasted the pic and the shapes
=> no problem in the first table
=> no problem for the copied shape in the nested table (rather weird)

See also this thread :

Additional information : in this very same document, some of the callouts keep
being sent to the right page border, whatever the position is at save.
Comment 1 hagar_de_lest 2007-03-05 11:16:43 UTC
Created attachment 43524 [details]
File with non selectable shapes above graphic
Comment 2 michael.ruess 2007-03-05 14:40:22 UTC
MRU->OD: see attached document. The red-bordered callout could not be selected,
though it lies over the graphic.
Comment 3 foxcole 2007-03-05 14:40:35 UTC
Created attachment 43531 [details]
Some text frames and objects can't be selected but others can
Comment 4 Joe Smith 2007-03-05 14:50:30 UTC
The red shapes in "Non selectable shapes.odt" work for me if I first select them
using the graphics cursor (Drawing toolbar; rubber-band around them), then do
Format > Arrange > Bring to Front. Once I do that, I can select them normally.

I think they may be "behind" the graphic in spite of appearances.
Comment 5 hagar_de_lest 2007-03-05 15:28:06 UTC
Format > Arrange > Bring to Front works for my test document (even after close
and re-load) but it doesnt on my original document (I can't upload it): after
save and close, it reverses to this 'fake background' status !

Anyway, why a shape put above should not be kept in foreground at save ?
Comment 6 Marcus 2017-05-20 11:24:28 UTC
Reset assigne to the default "".
Comment 7 Marcus 2017-05-20 11:25:54 UTC
Reset assigne to the default "".