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15 Aug 2019

Poll about design preview for dropdown controls

One of the tasks for the design team is to evaluate enhancement requests on our bugtracker. Most are definitely valuable and improve LibreOffice but sometimes we have to balance effort against benefit. We also have to

26 Jun 2019

Easyhacking: How to create a new “Tip-Of-The-Day” dialog

LibreOffice is an application with a large number of expert features, and though aimed to be easy to use there are always surprising shortcuts to achieve a goal. We post every day a tip on Twitter,

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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

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