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Overlord, I take it you're a power user. Customization is fun, and can be
valuable in creating an efficient work-flow in specialized cases. That being
said, I don't think it's reasonable to expect most users to have to
customize their software. Instead, designers need make interfaces that
optimize such things as: ease-of-use, ease-of-learning, efficiency, number
of features, and user control for the vast amount of users. This is why
duplicate controls are bad, because they make the software harder to learn
and understand. As a result, we need to be making decisions about which UI
elements are available by default, and which are hidden. 

I agree, however, that the sidebar needs to change, and we can learn from
the mock-up you linked. Did you see the rough mock-up I posted earlier? 
Here it is. <>   It's not pretty, but I think it
could serve as an inspiration for what a good LibreOffice UI could look


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