4 May 2019

Formatted dummy text

The work around user experience often requires to create a minimal working example. Either users report an issue or request enhancements, the comparison with the current situation is necessary. LibreOffice has a built-in feature to create dummy text (type dt and press F3) but this function inserts only unformatted text.…

31 Jan 2019

Overwrite on macOS

The keyboard layout on Apple computers is special and some keys are missing. For example there is no Insert key to toggle between insert and overtype. LibreOffice supports the function and you can switch by clicking the respective panel on the status bar.…

19 Dec 2018

Save the bibliography?

LibreOffice has the capability to add references to a document and finally a bibliographical index, which is essential for scientific publications. The style of references depend on the journal and the discipline. So it is common to just add numbers in square brackets like [1] in engineering whereas humanities show name and year like (author, year).…

14 Dec 2018

Special Characters: The Final Touch

Last year we revised the workflow to insert special characters. Based on a design proposal the dialog was reimplemented in a Google Summer of Code project by Akshay Deep. The new dialog allows to easily browse through the list and to search for glyphs contained in the selected font.…

5 Nov 2018

Quick poll on the design of the Karasa Jaga icon theme

The icon theme Karasa Jaga has been introduced in release 6.1. It was originally created for Sundara OS and is heavily inspired (and derived) from the discontinued Oxygen icon. The icon designer Rizal Muttaqin seeks now for your input how to continue his work:

The question is:

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Here are examples of how it looks:

8 Aug 2018

What’s new in LibreOffice 6.1 regarding user experience

The LibreOffice community regularly publishes new releases, and the latest version, 6.1, is released in August 2018. The design team worked hard to make this release as shiny as it deserves; here’s what we did.

Background images

LibreOffice ships some images by default to fill the background of shapes.…

14 Apr 2018

Easyhacking: How to make a feature optional

Working on the user experience often means making a feature optional. Some users may need a feature while others may find it distracting. An example is the tooltip shown on tracked changes.

While this tooltip is useful for the review, it just overlaps the text when editing, as long the information is not shown in the document margin (tdf#34355) or if you don’t use the Track Changes deck in the sidebar for some reason.…

28 Feb 2018

Easyhacking: All about terminology

Sometimes you may find galimatias in the user interface such as quirky captions, misleading descriptions, too long or to short texts, and strings that are not compliant to the guideline. Why not take this as the perfect start into easyhacking?


As explained in the posting on How to set up your environment, you can always search for unique strings.…

22 Feb 2018

Easyhacking: How to set up your environment

User-centered development is implicitly steering the development from the top of the cathedral. That means to start with a vision, the context of use, and the primary users etc, granularized later into product requirements with storyboards and use cases, and finally iterating with product design and development.…

18 Feb 2018

Improvements to Font Listing

Font handling is a major topic for office suites and as a result, LibreOffice’s bug tracker has numerous reported issues and suggestions on how to enhance the workflow. In a past blog post, we presented a solution for font substitution and now it is time to talk about font listing.…