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Hi Christopher, hi Nick!

Nick, thanks for your feedback - and I don't know whether this helps or
not, but it is a known issue for some years now. Unfortunately, changing
that (in a way that it makes real sense) requires to use something
called "Layout Manager", so that we can switch button orders depending
on the platform.

At least, I've documented that some time ago in the Design Team's "What
We Need" list:

The last time I talked about that with some developers was at the Fosdem
in February - the work seems a bit stalled at the moment (or let's say:
nobody actively picked that topic).

So if anybody wants to work on / advertise that topic - highly

Am Freitag, den 15.07.2011, 21:06 -0400 schrieb Christopher Lee:
We shouldn't forget that LibreOffice is a cross-platform program and
that we may also want to consider that people will expect similar
behavior from the program no matter where they're running it. On the
other hand, the order of the buttons really doesn't seem like it would
be hard to implement. Maybe obey system defaults and have an option to

Christopher, I noticed several times that you wrote something like
"doesn't seem ... hard to implement" where it is - in fact - hard work.
So although I don't know if you are a developer working on LibreOffice
(by the way, I'm not a programmer), we should ask on the dev list for
such effort estimations.

I this recent case, it's almost no problem to change the button order
for one dialog - but the issue is that we do have hundreds of them


Christopher Lee
Executive Director
Champion Debate

On Friday, July 15, 2011 at 9:03 PM, nick rundy wrote:

LibreOffice presently uses a Microsoft Windows command button layout in its Dialog windows even 
when installed on a Linux distribution. Linux installations of LibreOffice should conform with 
the command button layout that is standard with virtually all other linux applications. For 
example, MS Windows displays "OK Cancel." Linux displays "Cancel OK."
I've uploaded some screenshots to illustrate what I'm describing 
( Notice how the screen shots conform with how MS Windows lays 
out its command buttons instead of how Linux applications display them?

MS Windows: Save Discard CancelGNU-Linux: Cancel Discard Save
MS Windows: OK Cancel Help ResetGNU-Linux: Reset Help Cancel OK 
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