Issue 8086 - Open/Save dialog does not work with Shortcuts.
Summary: Open/Save dialog does not work with Shortcuts.
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of issue 22240
Alias: None
Product: ui
Classification: Code
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: OOo 1.0.0
Hardware: PC Windows XP
: P3 Trivial with 1 vote (vote)
Target Milestone: OOo 2.0
Assignee: bettina.haberer
QA Contact: issues@sw
Keywords: oooqa
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Reported: 2002-10-06 13:41 UTC by kelvine
Modified: 2003-11-10 11:16 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Description kelvine 2002-10-06 13:41:08 UTC
Hi, I thought I would start reporting bugs I find so this is my first report.

Select Tools, General and tick the Use dialogs.

Now from say Writer Select File, Open and select a shortcut.

(I always put shortcuts in the My Documents folder the quickly allow me to get 
to drives or my favourite directories.)

In my case this is F Drive.lnk which is my shortcut to the F: drive on the 

I now try to open the F Drive.lnk file name.  This now opens the Filter 
Selection screen.

I hope this helps.  Whilst I cannot code in C/C++ I can provide assistance by 
feeding back bugs.
Comment 1 prgmgr 2002-10-13 17:06:49 UTC
Thank you for using and supporting OOo.

Marking as a duplicate of 4306.

*** This issue has been marked as a duplicate of 4306 ***
Comment 2 kelvine 2002-10-14 05:33:08 UTC

Firstly keep up the good work.  It is too easy for us to forget how 
much work you are doing.

I don't believe this issue is the same as 4306 (although it may be 
part of the same functionality) or has been resolved.

In order to test this I just down loaded OO1.0.1 to see if this 
issue had been resolved.  It has not.  The bug is a minor issue as I 
doubt anyone would use the OpenOffice dialogues, but they might.

The important thing to note with this is the use of the Open dialogues and not the standard Windows Open 

Please review again.
Comment 3 kelvine 2003-02-26 07:30:26 UTC
Moved to ui as this is probably where it belongs.

Comment 4 phillg 2003-06-02 15:17:33 UTC
I can verify this under various windows platforms - P h i l l
Comment 5 stefan.baltzer 2003-06-04 10:28:58 UTC
Reassigned to Thorsten
Comment 6 thorsten.martens 2003-06-11 09:40:15 UTC
Closed because of duplicate to #4306.

*** This issue has been marked as a duplicate of 4306 ***
Comment 7 kelvine 2003-06-11 11:12:28 UTC

I just thought I would point out this is not a duplicate of 4306.

4306 is about the file name being displayed as 'C Drive.lnk' in the 
case of a shortcut to the C drive.

The problem I raised is that double clicking on this link simply 
does not work.  Thus shortcuts under the dialog does 
not work.

This makes these dialogs next to useless for the Windows user who 
quickly adds shortcuts to move to various local folders or network 

The information in 4306 implies the shortcut works.  It does not 
under Windows XP.

In the comparison with Windows Media Player at least with Media 
Player if you double click on the shortcut or click on Open it goes 
to where the shortcut points.

I am reopening this issue as this issue indicates a non functioning 
dialog with a standard Windows feature.  The issue 4306 simply is 
about the shortcut appearing as a file name which in itself is a bit 

I don't consider this to be a major issue as the current dialog only offers one significant feature (the 
ability to one click to the Home folder) but offers a very vanilla 
and less than helpful user interface to handle files.  IMHO it could 
be much much more. 

The standard of the standard Windows dialog is an order of magnitude 
better than the dialog.

For completeness the following are shortcomings of the OO dialog.

- Little differentiation of icons to assist the user
- No ability to go the the standard My Documents folder or Desktop 
unless the Home button is set to one of these
- The 'Up one level' button when held down displays folders in the 
reverse order than the user expects (although this design is usually 
acceptable to technical people, it is not something general users 
feel comfortable with.)
- The 'Up one level' button when held down does not label the 
equivalent of the My Computer disk symbol so the user has no idea 
what is going on.

I hope this helps clarify the issue.

Comment 8 thorsten.martens 2003-07-03 12:32:54 UTC
lnk-files are windows-explorer application specific (url-)files like
bookmarks in Netscape. Those links are handled by the MS-Windows own
file-open dialog. The staroffice- or openoffice file-open dialog
therefore is designed to handle all "real" types of files within the
file-system and not url like links. So this one is not a defect buut
might be a wish for an enhancement.
Comment 9 kelvine 2003-07-10 05:47:18 UTC

I thought I would change this to a request for enhancement.

I have just noticed the inability to handle Windows shortcuts within 
parts of is starting to become a nuisance for me as a 
Windows user.

In addition to the Open/Save dialog the following is another example.

File -> New -> Templates & Documents

Clicking on My Documents and having Windows shortcuts to go to other 
drives or network drives is very very handy and does not work.  Thus 
there is no easy way to jump between the local My Documents area and 
a network drive where shared templates or documents may exist.

Whilst it is possible to set the path for My Documents to the 
network drive, it is then not possible to easily get back to the 
local My Documents area on the local machine.  So this is a bit of 
an either/or situation.

Thanks for listening.


Comment 10 thorsten.martens 2003-07-22 12:28:24 UTC
TM->BH: Please have a look, thanks !
Comment 11 bettina.haberer 2003-11-10 11:15:53 UTC
Duplicate to Defect 22240. 

*** This issue has been marked as a duplicate of 22240 ***
Comment 12 bettina.haberer 2003-11-10 11:16:12 UTC