User Experience Archive

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

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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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

28 Oct 2017

Improvements to Lists in LibreOffice Impress

Enumeration of lists is one of the most struggled features in LibreOffice Impress. That is clear from the issues reported on Bugzilla tdf#103364 and tdf#103369 with over 100 bugs and enhancement requests, but also when

26 Sep 2017

Default Margins that Users Apply in LibreOffice Writer

Earlier this year we run a survey about default margins in LibreOffice Writer. The results should prove that the default settings are what users apply in most cases.

For the first question, What should LibreOffice Writer’s default

13 Sep 2017

What Open Source Means to LibreOffice Users

Being an open source project is one of the pillars of LibreOffice. Understanding the people who not only build and maintain but also use LibreOffice is important to anyone concerned about the sustainability of open source. So

13 Aug 2017

Survey: What aspects are important to you?

Being an open source product is one of the pillars of LibreOffice. Technically, that means the source code is available with a license in which the copyright holder grants users the rights to study, change, and distribute

28 Jun 2017

Results from the Survey about LibreOffice Features

Unused features blur the focus of LibreOffice, and maintaining legacy capabilities is difficult and error-prone. The engineering steering committee (ESC) collected some ideas of what features could be flagged as deprecated in the next release –