Issue 93887 - make docking slide pane easier
Summary: make docking slide pane easier
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Product: ui
Classification: Code
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: OOO300m5
Hardware: PC Windows XP
: P3 Trivial with 6 votes (vote)
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Keywords: oooqa
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Reported: 2008-09-14 17:17 UTC by fkbreitl
Modified: 2013-02-07 22:35 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Description fkbreitl 2008-09-14 17:17:00 UTC
Since OpenOffice 3 beta I cannot dock the slide pane.
Comment 1 Regina Henschel 2008-09-14 18:14:41 UTC
Hold down CTRL-key and double-click onto the free area under the title of the
slide pane window. 

Whether you can dock it by dragging with the mouse, depends on the desktop
properties of WinXP. I have only a German WinXP, so I don't know the English
terms. But look at context menu of desktop > properties > second last tab >
effects > show window content while dragging. This has to be checked.
Comment 2 fkbreitl 2008-09-14 20:31:04 UTC
Thank you very much for your fast and helpful response.
Anyways I don't consider the issue as solved, because:

1. The docking ability must be independent of the MS Windows settings.
2. "Ctrl-double click in a special area" is a expert trick but can not seriously
be considered as intuitive feature of a gui.
3. I propose to add a "Dock slide pane" menu analogously to the task pane menu
to avoid any further irritation of users, as suggested by others before.
Comment 3 Regina Henschel 2008-09-14 22:20:27 UTC
Search for "docking" in the application help leads to the article "Showing,
Docking and Hiding Windows" which explains it. It is no "expert" trick.

*** This issue has been marked as a duplicate of 34373 ***
Comment 4 fkbreitl 2008-09-14 22:50:38 UTC
It is poor gui design if the user has to read the help to learn how to dock a
panel and if the window behaviour appears as a bug.
I propose to add a "Dock pane" menu to each pane as it already exists in the
"task pane" to avoid any further irritation of users.
Otherwise this usage issue will come up again and again.
See e.g. issue 34373 and issue 23953.
Comment 5 wolframgarten 2008-09-15 07:41:33 UTC
Reassigned. Thanks for helping, Regina.
Comment 6 jdpipe 2008-10-22 07:53:35 UTC
*** Issue 93887 has been confirmed by votes. ***
Comment 7 jdpipe 2008-10-22 07:57:26 UTC
This is a serious issue for many users, I numerous blog pages where users have
tried to solve this problem using bizarre and completely unintuitive keystrokes.
There needs to be a right-click context menu that offers the user the chance to
re-dock windows like this.

FWIW the the 'ctrl-click' and 'ctrl-shift-click' options mentioned in the blogs
didn't work for me with Ubuntu Hardy (and Ubuntu's OOo packages); I had to use
the ctrl-shift-F10 keystroke to redock (a clear case of "RTFM or die, loser":
*definitely* an 'expert trick', IMHO - good design does not require a user to
read a user's manual)
Comment 8 cno 2010-06-10 11:00:40 UTC
changed summary