Issue 81846 - Alt key menu behavior changed in Linux from 2.2->2.3, and is now inconsistent with Windows
Summary: Alt key menu behavior changed in Linux from 2.2->2.3, and is now inconsistent...
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Product: General
Classification: Code
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: OOo 2.3
Hardware: All Linux, all
: P3 Trivial with 3 votes (vote)
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Reported: 2007-09-22 14:26 UTC by harlan879
Modified: 2013-02-07 21:50 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Issue Type: DEFECT
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Description harlan879 2007-09-22 14:26:45 UTC
In the past, both the Windows and Linux versions of OOo acted the same with
regards to the menus and Alt-key presses. This changed with version 2.3, and now
the Linux behavior is different.

What used to happen on Linux, and what still happens on Windows: Press *and
release* the alt key. Focus moves to the menu bar. In (for example) Calc, the
key combination e+i+d now performs a "Fill Down" operation. 

What now happens on Linux: Press *and release* the alt key. Focus moves to the
File menu (the incorrect behavior). If you press e+i+d, you're now in completely
the wrong dialog box.

In other words, the press-and-release behavior of the alt key on Linux now
incorrectly activates the File menu instead of the menu bar as a whole. 

There are any number of other issues about Alt key behavior, some of which may
have relevant discussion, but I could not find any referring to this particular
Linux regression.
Comment 1 adept 2008-01-24 06:19:00 UTC
Confirm on Ubuntu 7.10 64-bit with OO 2.3.1 Pro (Infra)
Comment 2 kpalagin 2008-01-24 06:43:40 UTC
Confirming as per adept.
Comment 3 brucehohl 2008-07-04 22:25:39 UTC
I have confirmed this changed behavior on OpenOffice 2.4.1 on Linux Ubuntu 8.04. 

Due to this problem pressing the "Alt" key now produces the SAME result as
pressing "Alt+F". This problem is present in Linux versions of OpenOffice 2.3
and 2.4 for all applications (Calc, Writer, Draw, Impress, Base).

This behavior is unlike that of most other programs with respect to the Alt key.
This changed behavior prevents the user from using memorized key sequences such
as Alt > E > E to open the "Delete Cell" dialog box, etc.