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       simplification is apparent  ???
              to whom  ???

       To have to close down one file in order to open another, etc. etc.
etc. rather than allowing each to remain open in their half of the screen
seems the most sensible and simplest method - it's also the way many folks
worked pre-computers - with the data spread out on the desktop - and floor
- ready at the spur of the moment.

On Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 10:33 AM, Dennis E. Hamilton <> wrote:

That feature (the MDI interface) of Microsoft Office appears to be going,
going, gone ... in Office 2013/365 [;<).  It still exists in Office 2010
although in my work it is more annoying than helpful.

In the Office 2013 preview, the Windows are separate and the side-by-side
feature is gone from Excel. Even if you are in Excel with an open document,
and you open another, it opens in another Excel window. This makes sense
for the ways that Windows 7 and Windows 8 operate.  It also has the Office
Apps usable in consistent ways whether running from the Web, on a desktop,
or on other devices.  I don't know what the considerations were, but the
simplification and consistency are apparent.

 - Dennis

From: Tom Davies []
Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 04:40
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: [] Split screen in
half horizontally?

Hi :)

People have discussed various different ways that tabs could be
implemented in LibreOffice.  I would really like to see either of the main
ways.  The only one i could understand was having each tab as a different
document but there was an old word-processor that had something very useful
for working on documents longer than 1 page or so.  Something like an
advanced Navigation tool.

In MS Office you can open more than one document and each one is opened
inside the type of shell you see if you open LibreOffice without opening
any document and just get the splash screen.  That way you can maximise the
Word window and have 2 or more documents in any arrangement you like
without having multiple instances of their ribbon-bar and menus taking up
even more excessive screen real-estate.

Regards from

Tom :)

From: Steve Edmonds <>
Cc: 'anne-ology' <>; 'Jorge' <>;
'Tom' <>; 'Dr. R. O Stapf' <>;
Sent: Tuesday, 11 December 2012, 3:26
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: [] Split screen in
half horizontally?

Hi. I can see 2 other interpretations from Anne-ology message.
1. She wants to be able to open the file twice, to visually compare the
instance initially (and still) on disc with the instance edited in ram.
2. She wants to be able to visually compare 2 parts (paragraphs) in the
same document.

I used to do this many years ago on OS/2 in lotus or staroffice.
On 2012-12-11 15:41, Dennis E. Hamilton wrote:
Umm, if two Text (.odt) documents have not changed dramatically, does
not the

    Edit | Compare Document ...

menu dialog provide a way of seeing how the currently open document is
changed from another document?

  - Dennis

From: anne-ology []
Sent: Monday, December 10, 2012 15:39
To: Jorge
Cc: Tom; Dr. R. O Stapf;
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: [] Split screen in
half horizontally?

        I wish this were true ... using WIN [now 7], it's not  ;-(

        To be able to compare 2 versions side by side would be an asset
often, I've wanted to remember how something was worded ... so I have to
close the document, open the other document then reverse the process
because both versions cannot be open at the same time -
              I've tried minimizing one document but it closes on its
when the next document is opened -

        the computer is always a step ahead of me  ;-)

On Sat, Dec 8, 2012 at 3:26 PM, jorge <> wrote:

If I remember well...with LO you can compare two documents...and in
Ubuntu there are some programs to do the same


Jorge Rodríguez

El vie, 07-12-2012 a las 00:21 +0000, Tom Davies escribió:
Hi :)
Side-by-side is fairly easy on Win7 and Ubuntu 12.04.  Not sure about
others but it's got to have originated somewhere and is probably on the
cards elsewhere.  Not sure about synchronised scrolling though, that
sounds like a good item for a feature-request / bug-report.

So, in Ubuntu 12.04 and Win7 just grab the first document's window and
drag it to the far left as though you are dragging it off-screen.
 When a
weird shadow fills half the screen let go.  Whatever size and shape the
windo had been it now fills half the screen.  Do the same to the 2nd
document's window but drag it to the right.  Errr i choose left first
because it feels more comfortable to me.  If you try to drag it off
the top
of the screen then the window tries to maximise.

Of course you could use Alt Tab to flick between any windows on the
workspace you are on and that can be a good way to compare quickly.
Most Gnu&Linux distros also let you flick between different
quickly so changes jump out at you that way too.  Windows users
aren't familiar with the spinning cube (which i can never get to
work).  Of
course Ubuntu kinda lost that quick flick between workspaces in 11.04
Unity (unless i'm missing a key-combo (which is highly likely))
Regards from
Tom :)

From: Dr. R. O Stapf <>
Sent: Thursday, 6 December 2012, 23:10
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: [] Split screen
half horizontally?
This would really be a good feature. I also miss the possibility to
compare to documents side by side
and synchronized scrolling. I hate to say it but this is a good
of MSO. Just hope that our
devs can add ti to LibO.

On 2012-12-05 20:50, Gilles wrote:
I agree. I also miss being able to split a document horizontally in
halves. It's very useful when going through a big document.

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