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[feature-request] LibreOffice Viewer (Windows)

asked 2018-04-04 16:53:45 +0200

Nickprovs gravatar image

updated 2018-04-04 16:54:14 +0200

This month, Microsoft will deprecate their Office viewer tools. They haven't been updated in forever. And there are several use-cases for Office viewers. I was wondering if this is a consideration for LibreOffice going forward. Would a LibreOffice developer care to estimate how difficult an undertaking this would be? If nobody else is interested in this, I might have to take a crack at it.

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Why wasting effort on a "viewer" when we offer fully functional suite for free?

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2018-04-04 17:04:22 +0200 )edit

For systems intended only for viewing documents, not modifying them. In my line of work, this a use-case. Government, military, and business have been using the the Microsoft Office Viewers for quite a while. Most employees don't know how to protect or set read only. And when it is later displayed, it's nice to display a document in a presentation room or on a display without any of the toolbars, etc.

If there was a button in LibreOffice that disables editing like opening a read only file.....

Nickprovs gravatar imageNickprovs ( 2018-04-04 17:32:04 +0200 )edit

.....And hide the toolbars/ribbon until button is pressed again. That would be fantastic. A way to toggle this setting by default would be awesome.

Nickprovs gravatar imageNickprovs ( 2018-04-04 17:32:59 +0200 )edit

Like Edit-Edit Mode (Ctrl+Shift+M)?

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2018-04-04 18:02:33 +0200 )edit

The command parameter "--view" seemed to do the trick. Though the banner that opens ("This document is open in read-only mode") is pretty frustrating because for my use-case as the user shouldn't be informed they have editing privileges. Is there a way to prevent this banner?

Nickprovs gravatar imageNickprovs ( 2018-04-04 20:07:48 +0200 )edit

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answered 2018-04-04 19:12:14 +0200

Liberty Belle gravatar image

updated 2018-04-04 19:12:35 +0200

Feature Requests can be submitted here

  1. Create a Bugzilla account.
  2. Select FILE A BUG.
  3. Select LIBREOFFICE.
  4. Fill in the details of what you'd like to see.
  5. Under Severity choose "Enhancement".
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answered 2018-04-05 01:11:03 +0200

floris v gravatar image

Consider designing an extension with that functionality. Then only the people who want it will have to download it.

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