Issue 76667 - Show applied styles in a style area pane next to document window
Summary: Show applied styles in a style area pane next to document window
Alias: None
Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: formatting (show other issues)
Version: OOo 2.2
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial with 6 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Keywords: oooqa
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Reported: 2007-04-24 19:31 UTC by stp
Modified: 2013-09-14 00:32 UTC (History)
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Function in MS Word to easily view applied styles (2.50 KB, image/png)
2007-04-25 08:53 UTC, ace_dent
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Description stp 2007-04-24 19:31:17 UTC
In e.g. publishing you need to control styles. One way is to lock the available
styles beforehand (a separate issue), another way is to review what styles are
used and where.

In Word there is something called "style area" which is a "styles pane" in Tools
-> Options -> View -> "Style Area width".

See e.g.

This will list used styles in a pane next to where they are used in the
document. This allows publishers to review used styles by scrolling through the

Note this is not equal to the stylist, the navigator or the reveal codes request.

Please help estimate the development needed.

Comment 1 eric.savary 2007-04-24 21:05:04 UTC
Comment 2 ace_dent 2007-04-25 08:52:00 UTC
Adding some info to assist future review-
This is not the same as using the current Stylist docked as a pane and showing
Applied styles. The feature in Word provides an area directly next to the text,
which shows the style applied to each paragraph. Attached screenshot from
Comment 3 ace_dent 2007-04-25 08:53:29 UTC
Created attachment 44657 [details]
Function in MS Word to easily view applied styles
Comment 4 cno 2007-04-25 23:29:52 UTC
Hi Søren,
Can you pls explain what exactly you miss in the Stylist?
The Stylist does show (by selection) the style of the current paragraph or the
style of the character (tab character styles) and so on.
Comment 5 whiskerz 2007-12-06 07:49:21 UTC
From what I gather, he doesn't miss anything in the stylist but in the view of 
the current document. Take a look at the page he linked to, the screenshot 
beneath the "Normal View" header shows a document view where Word shows an 
extra panel with information about the styles being used in each paragraph (at 
the left of the document). 

This extra panel or something similar is the feature being requested, the gain 
being that you can immediately see where which style is being used without the 
need to "click paragraph -> check stylist -> click next paragaph -> check 
stylist". Could be an extra view entitled "Style View" or something like that. 

Comment 6 openofficeuser8096 2010-07-14 10:41:14 UTC
I am a new user of Writer, a long time user of MS Word, and I would just like to
add my vote for this feature.  Having the style of a paragraph appear right next
to the paragraph in the "Style Area" (as it is called in Word) is a very fast &
convenient way to ensure that each paragraph is allocated to the correct style.  

It is very frustrating where paragraphs **appear** to have the same style, only
to find that some paragraphs no longer have the correct appearance because they
did not have the correct style to start with (when making a change to a style
definition, for example).

This is feature I would dearly like OO Writer to have.
Comment 7 Brian Westlake 2012-02-20 04:36:39 UTC
Hello OpenOffice Developers,

To me, this capability lack of OpenOffice Writer to be able to display the style of each document element lock step with the display of the document itself is a serious deficit in the potential functionality and facility of the OpenOffice Writer - and is a non-trivial factor in peoples decision making, whether to migrate from Microsoft Word to OpenOffice Writer.

It is one of the features that still keeps me using Microsoft Word, despite it's extensive portfolio of quirks and frustrations, because it is a feature that is so useful in ensuring that your document is well designed at a meta-structural level beyond the textual content itself and helps to ensure that it remains well designed at a meta-structural level, upon re-editing and re-design.

Consider it a highly effective "style punctuation" aide - a logical structure debugger - indeed a logical style debugger.

It is such a logical capability to have such a global overview of the style structure of a document, lock step with what is being displayed on the page.

"P3 Trivial" is not a commensurate assessment of the functionality and facility of such a feature.

Please reconsider implementing it.

Thank you.
Comment 8 Brian Westlake 2013-07-11 03:57:43 UTC
Hello OpenOffice Developers,

To reiterate from my commentary on the 20-Feb-2012, such a feature as has been essayed is extremely useful, and it's continuing absence from OpenOffice remains glaring - it warrants reclassification from "trivial".

Thank you for your attention.

Yours faithfully,

Brian Westlake.
Comment 9 Brian Westlake 2013-09-14 00:32:09 UTC
With the implementation of Sidebars, in OpenOffice 4.0, from the IBM Lotus Symphony Office codebase, it might have become easier to implement this feature.

The sidebar does have a style panel, however it is not the functionality provided by the microsoft style area as previously described.

Given that the Sidebars work in single page view, would there not be the possiblity of having both left and right sidebars (either none, XOR, or both)?

If so, could not the microsoft functionality be implemented in a right sidebar?

Thank you for your attention, OpenOffice developers.