can't enter square bracket or backslash [closed]

asked 2018-06-17 14:29:51 +0200

stefansoyka gravatar image

Since many editions (like 5.1.x.x, that I used since recently under Ubuntu until I installed 6, where I hoped my problem had been addressed) I seem to be unable to enter regular expressions in the search input field because every time I enter a square bracket or a backslash, the input field is emptied and only the backslash or opening square bracket character remains. My work around is to write regular expression in gedit (or another text editor) and copy & paste it into the search input field of libreoffice writer, but that I find not overly elegant.

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Closed for the following reason question is not relevant or outdated by LeroyG
close date 2020-12-24 19:41:35.046362


That is really weird. I have been using LibreOffice in Ubuntu for years (back to 4.x?) and have never experienced this behaviour. Have you ever tried isolating your session from your user profile? It seems this is not related to hardware, or system, and there's no related bug that I can find. And "auto-correct" options don't operate in the "search" input field... Very odd!

David gravatar imageDavid ( 2018-06-17 17:02:35 +0200 )edit

Are you sure you do not have any keyboard shortcuts in LO that use these keystrokes?

Xoristzatziki gravatar imageXoristzatziki ( 2018-06-20 07:21:38 +0200 )edit

@Xoristzatziki - I tested on my system, and LO's keyboard shortcuts don't operate (for me!) in the "Search" input field. And the problem can't be at system level since the keystrokes aren't a problem in gedit. This is really weird.

David gravatar imageDavid ( 2018-06-20 09:25:50 +0200 )edit

@David The comment was for stefansoyka (the person that asked the question).

Xoristzatziki gravatar imageXoristzatziki ( 2018-06-22 07:31:28 +0200 )edit

Take a look at the guidelines at to see if it can be caused by corruption in the user profile.

LeroyG gravatar imageLeroyG ( 2020-12-24 19:41:24 +0200 )edit