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Thank you Alex for bringing up the topic of shortcut changes.

I guess there is no gate keeper WRT shortcut assignments in LO.

I am not a user of Base but I am a frequent user of Calc. Shortcut changes are extremely disruptive 
for users. My least favorite (most detested!!) such change occurred in version 4.4 of Calc when 
Alt+E,I was assigned to a brand new menu item in place of "Fill."

PLEASE, developers, think about the impact your change will have on existing users. Then if you 
deem the change IMPORTANT enough to be warranted make certain that A) any replaced usage of the 
shortcut is assigned a new SUITABLE replacement, B) the changed shortcut is applied universally 
wherever the functionality exists in any module of LO, and most importantly C) the changed shortcut 
is PROMINENTLY advertised, preferably several months in advance, with comments solicited and 
carefully considered. The longer a shortcut has existed the more attention should be given should 
be given to the impact of changing it with shortcuts that have existed for more than one full major 
release being ALMOST cast in granite. Developers should not operate in a tyrannical manner. They 
are talented and greatly appreciated but they are not omniscient gods.


-----Original Message-----
From: Alexander Thurgood <>
To: "" <>
Sent: Sat, 17 Oct 2015 10:09
Subject: [libreoffice-users] Shortcut change to display data source browser in Calc

Hi all Base users,

It seems the design team have taken it upon themselves to change the
shortcut for displaying the data source browser in Calc, you can read up
on the issue here :

and comment on it as you deem fit.

Needless to say, this change makes Writer and Calc have two different

Calc (quote from design irc) : "it has been changed already, it is now
CTRL+SHIFT+F4 in calc"

Writer : F4

so much for application suite consistency, and documentation, and what
the hell...
Alex Thurgood
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