Issue 89946 - Deploy sidebars and panes in OOo to make use of wide-screens
Summary: Deploy sidebars and panes in OOo to make use of wide-screens
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Product: General
Classification: Code
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: OOo 2.4.0
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial (vote)
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Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Reported: 2008-05-26 07:26 UTC by anjalip222
Modified: 2013-02-07 22:42 UTC (History)
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Issue Type: FEATURE
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Description anjalip222 2008-05-26 07:26:03 UTC
This concerns with adding a UI feature in OOo which would aid users in a more
streamlined and more productive way to do things. 

I use a 19" widescreen monitor, and when an OOo application like Writer or Calc
is running, there are loads of empty vertical spaces on either side of the main
working area, which I feel can be better utilized by OOo. The no. of widescreens
are increasing every year, and maybe in one year time they will be pretty much
standard equipment. So OOo should develop itself to make use of the extra spaces
it offers.

In any case, notice the "Styles and Formatting" pane in Writer. It is a floating
window and quite imposes itself over the main page, sometimes hiding stuff
underneath it. It would be better if the above-said pane were to be locked on
any one side of the working area, having an adjustable width.

Stretching the concept further, I suggest that there be provisions for sidebars
on both the left and right hand side of the main working area. This would
smartly add more functionality in a widescreen environment, while those who
don't use widescreens can simply switch them off.

Imagine using Writer or Calc with two sidebars - one on the left and the other
on the right. The left one could enable the user to select fonts on the fly,
while the right sidebar would contain the styles window. Or any other
functionality may be used - example, the colour chooser box can be deployed as a
sidebar for quicker and easier selection of colours. Or instead the Navigator
pane could be deployed too. 

The user can micro-manage what to have in each sidebar.

Extending the concept further, one can imagine having more than one pane on each
side - for example the left pane may be subdivided into 3 panes - one for
colors, one for fonts, etc.. Each of these panes will be stacked vertically on
top of each other. The user can set their positions, widths, etc. and then lock
them so that OOo can remember their positions. In a widescreen environment there
would be enough space in between for the working area.
Comment 1 Olaf Felka 2008-05-26 07:37:17 UTC