Issue 88714 - Find & Replace: keep the "More Options" dialog open when item is selected
Summary: Find & Replace: keep the "More Options" dialog open when item is selected
Alias: None
Product: General
Classification: Code
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: current
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Keywords: usability
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Reported: 2008-04-24 23:14 UTC by lendo
Modified: 2013-08-07 15:31 UTC (History)
8 users (show)

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Description lendo 2008-04-24 23:14:03 UTC
If you use the "Find & Replace" dialog and if you select an item of "More
Options" (backwards, regular expressions, etc.), next time you open the "F&R"
dialog the "More Options" part will be not shown - but the item will be still

It is not visible to the user that the "More Options" item is still selected, so
it can (and will) be forgotten. Therefore the user can't find what s/he wants
and doesn't know why.

Keep the whole "Find & Replace" dialog open as long as an item of the "More
Options" part is selected.

This issue occurs in all applications.
Comment 1 frank.loehmann 2008-05-06 15:01:12 UTC
Set target.
Comment 2 thorsten.martens 2008-06-17 07:19:03 UTC
TM->requirements: please have a look
Comment 3 lendo 2009-01-20 23:05:51 UTC
Please, can someone change the status to NEW?
This issue has been accepted by fl and has a (vague) target milestone.
Comment 4 max.odendahl 2009-03-22 19:14:33 UTC
assigned to requirements -> New
Comment 5 lendo 2009-06-19 12:18:44 UTC
Is there any data from the User Feedback Program since the release of OOo 3.1
with that we can see how many people are using the checkboxes in the "Find &
Replace" dialog? It would be interesting to see how often this options are used:
only whole cells, backwards, only in selection.

I never used "Only whole cells" (don't know the right English string, in German
it's "Nur ganze Zellen"), but I need "Only in selection" often in Calc and
"Backwards" very often in all applications.

Therefore my second suggestion would be:
Move down the "Only whole cells" checkbox to the "More options" part of the
dialog and move up both "Only in selection" and "Backwards" to the always
visible part of the dialog. This would prevent most cases of not remembering a
personal setting in later searches.
Comment 6 cno 2009-06-27 22:24:47 UTC
really a nasty usability problem, IMO
Comment 7 cno 2009-10-02 11:35:06 UTC
I mailed to discuss@ux for opinions on this.
Comment 8 e.matthis 2009-10-15 10:21:23 UTC
Liz->CD: Please do not move any elements around, only fix this issue by having
the lower section be open when there is an option marked there. 

This will represent an increase in usability and clarity for the users, who
should be reminded that they marked a particular option the last time they did a
search and therefore might want to change it to find the desired results in the
new Search.

Thank you!
Comment 9 carsten.driesner 2010-08-19 13:34:53 UTC
cd: We missed the feature freeze date for OOo 3.3 with this issue. I have to
move the issue to the next release.

If you believe that this issue should be handled as a showstopper for OOo3.3
please nominate it accordingly in the releases mailing list.
Comment 10 cno 2010-08-19 19:19:17 UTC
Hi Carsten, thanks for your heads up - somewhere in my memory I knew this issue
is still open. But pls no showstopper ;-)

What is more: the thread on discuss@ux was quite vivant, but AFAIR, no outcome
formulated. So that has to be looked after to.