Thank you for your thoughts on menu-redesign.
My comment about not knowing why this particular change was needed was
not intended as a complaint, although I can see how it could have been
taken that way.
I am *extremely* grateful to the LO developers for their overall
consistency in user interface from one release to the next. I'm
especially grateful that they have never followed Microsoft's lead with
the ribbon, a total redesign that did nothing other than take up screen
I can understand why some things may make more sense in a different
place on the menu. For example, "Insert > File..." may give the
impression that the only thing that can be inserted is an entire Impress
file rather than select slides from that file, or a user might think it
refers to files other than other Impress files. By moving the function
to "Slide > Insert Slides from File..." a user may more clearly
understand what the function provides.
I consider a change like this to be extremely minor, and once learned, I
will quickly forget that there used to be a different way.
And, given the open source nature of LO, it always seems that the help
files lag behind the improvements to the program itself.
On 04/18/2018 03:14 PM, Roy Reese wrote:
Enviar: martes 17 de abril de 2018 a las 22:44
De: anne-ology <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Asunto: Re: [libreoffice-users] [Copying slides from one presentation to another]
Thank you for responding; maybe you've figured this out for me.
I'll be attempting this soon,
Do you have the help files installed? I don't generally use Impress, but I know from changes in
Writer that I have had to look for things (including the Insert Document function from 5.x). I
just opened Impress (220.127.116.11) and a) (based on Virgil's reply), found the insert file function
slide function (oddly to me, under Slide rather than Insert) and b) checked the help file which
in an sub-entry for insert has instructions for inserting either a whole file or selected slides.
This is similar to changes in Writer, although, actually, more accessible in the Impress help
file than the Writer one. Actually, I cannot find equivalent help in Writer at the moment as the
Insert document is now handled by Insert text from document which I do not see documented or at
least clearly indexed (at least in my Spanish-language help files), neither do I see the
possibility of selecting only part of the text before insertion (which makes the label for the
Anne and Virgil,
I am not sure why some menus have changed, but I think that we have to recognize that LO faces
two issues. First, some of the menus are exceedingly long at this point (at least in Writer) and
so subject to reorganization. Second, some functions may be redone rather than completely lost,
and redoing should, perhaps be our first assumption leading us to either hunt around, check the
help files, or, later, resort to the forum.
In addition, since we are using the bleeding edge version of LO, we have to expect not only
changes, but perhaps some flaws in those changes and be prepared to give feedback. I have
discovered one problem with resizing related to Gtk3 in 6.0. I find one change in Word annoying
(where one could formerly create columns by marking the text and clicking "columns" and now must
insert a section and then the text in the section). There feedback is the crucial thing. The
column command change may be related to changing and expanding functionality or simply a lack of
understanding of good workflow for the users (although I will give the benefit of the doubt
here). In this case I am foregoing feedback at the moment because, while I find the prior
organization more flexible and reasonable in terms of workflow, I cannot say it impedes my work.
It simply changes the order in which I do things.
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