Issue 8881 - Cannot resize formula / change text size
Summary: Cannot resize formula / change text size
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of issue 5266
Alias: None
Product: Math
Classification: Application
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: OOo 1.0.1
Hardware: PC Linux, all
: P4 Trivial (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: bettina.haberer
QA Contact: issues@sw
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Reported: 2002-11-01 07:24 UTC by Unknown
Modified: 2003-09-08 16:53 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Word XP equation examples (6.79 KB, image/png)
2002-11-01 12:59 UTC, Unknown
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Example where resizing is useful, example of 'break' nasty behaviour. (22.40 KB, image/png)
2002-11-06 08:45 UTC, Unknown
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Description Unknown 2002-11-01 07:24:33 UTC
After inserting a formula into a document it cannot be resized properly.
Clicking on the formula object shows green resizing handles but these are
disabled. However right clicking on the formula, selecting Object -> Type and
changing the width and height works, although the text inside the formula
remains the same size.

After saving and re-opening the document the text in the formula now fills the
defined space but any change to the document causes it to revert to the original
Comment 1 thomas.lange 2002-11-01 11:04:06 UTC
It is voluntarily that formulas can not be resized.
That it was possible to resize them via the dialog is fixed in newer 

Currently I'm not aware of any plans to change this behavior.

Why do you want this to do?
Since allowing to scale formulas manually will usually result in 
scaling both axis in different ways and thus deforming the text and 
symbols of the formula more or less, I would consider that a major 
nuisance. You dont want your summation character to look differently 
in different formulas.
Comment 2 Unknown 2002-11-01 12:59:30 UTC
Created attachment 3451 [details]
Word XP equation examples
Comment 3 Unknown 2002-11-01 13:00:32 UTC
What if you would like to copy an equation from a document into a
presentation? If the object could not be readily resized a user would
have to open the equation and play with the fonts. Enabling the resize
handles seems like an easy option to me.

If I wanted formatting to be difficult I would open emacs and start
using Latex :)

But to validate your point Word XP hardly handles resizing equations
correctly, but it does only adjusts the spacing of the characters not
the size of the characters themselves. Perhaps if the proportions of
the formula were fixed...
Comment 4 thomas.lange 2002-11-01 13:43:17 UTC
I personaly even don't like the change of spacing since it looks ugly 
if you do this by a large extend.

However if you like to upgrade to the developer 643 build ypou can 
copy the formula to the presentation and inm the context menu of the 
formula you can select the "Break" entry.
After that the presentation allows you to scale & turn the object as 
much as you like. ^_~   It's a new feature in Impress.
It's not a regular formula anymore though. Thus useful editing is 
quite limited.
Comment 5 Unknown 2002-11-06 08:45:25 UTC
Created attachment 3501 [details]
Example where resizing is useful, example of 'break' nasty behaviour.
Comment 6 Unknown 2002-11-06 08:46:14 UTC
I have looked at the 'break' function for impress and it seems to
offer all the nastiness of the Word XP solution while removing the
formula functionality. :(

I think OpenOffice should provide maximum flexibility and allow
formulas to be resized. I also think the 'break' function is a cool
feature and also should be kept.

Attached is an example where resizing the formula (in a document)
could be useful.
Comment 7 thomas.lange 2002-11-08 09:04:59 UTC
If scaling of formula objects would be allowed currently it would be 
behave rather similar to what what happens if you do that in Impress 
or the same way as it is done with text boxes.

Having the spaces between the characters grow/shrink would be a new 

TL->BH: Since this is a feature request I pass this on to you.

Note: It should behave as it does in Word 2000. It has not functioned 
with Word 2002 on FT's computer.

Comment 8 bettina.haberer 2003-03-17 10:22:13 UTC
Yes, that problem needs a solution. But I had to change the prio,
because working and creating a doc is possible, there is also no data
loss (these are prio 1 criteria). 
Comment 9 bettina.haberer 2003-04-14 12:55:44 UTC
This issue is double to 5266.

*** This issue has been marked as a duplicate of 5266 ***
Comment 10 bettina.haberer 2003-07-08 15:08:27 UTC
Closed as duplicate to 5266.