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Separate recent document lists for each application?

asked 2019-02-10 17:42:15 +0200

gregladen gravatar image

When I'm using Writer, I'd like to see only documents previously opened by that applicaiton in the recent document list. When I'm in Calc, same; I want to see only spreadsheets on that list. I'm not quite sure why everyone else does not also want it this way!

Is there a way to configure LibreOffice to work in this way?

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answered 2019-02-10 18:30:51 +0200

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See this enhancement request:

Bug 56696 - No option to make recent documents list show items for just the currently active LibO module

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answered 2019-02-10 20:12:01 +0200

updated 2019-02-10 20:18:46 +0200

Just a technical detail.

For LibreOffice, there is nothing in a file that tells LibreOffice what module it belongs to - until LibreOffice actually starts loading it. LibreOffice basically does not take file extension into account - it takes a file and performs a number of tests on it to detect what the file actually is, examining its internal structure, to decide which import filter to use. Certain things (like pre-selecting a filter in File Open dialog box, or specifying a module/filter in command prompt) might limit the program's set of choices, but that is some explicit actions on the user side; generally, LibreOffice does not know what module to use until it examined the contents of the file.

And LibreOffice does not keep the information which module was used for any file in its MRU list. So you may see, e.g., that if you explicitly used Writer to open a CSV, the CSV would appear in the MRU list, but clicking it would launch Calc - not Writer - that's because LibreOffice didn't remember using Writer last time, and used normal detection from scratch the next time.

Possibly the pre-requisite for the RFE would be implementing saving used module (or even specific filter) with the document in MRU; but also extending the list to allow overriding the remembered filter (if user made a mistake)...

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That is a good explanation of HOW the current system works (as in fails to allow for them to be differentiated) but not WHY it can't work. It can work, as there is an extension that provides this ability.

I would simply as that there be an option in the preferences: Keep document types separate by extension, vs include all documents on list. There would be a checkbox to tell it to put CVS extension documents in the S or T list.

gregladen gravatar imagegregladen ( 2019-02-11 18:04:39 +0200 )edit
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answered 2020-07-08 07:13:26 +0200

This is a problem that needs fixing if we want more people to use LibreOffice instead of the MS Office and others.

LibreOffice is a great program. Calc is much better than the Mac alternative and Writer is as good as anything out there. It's the little things that can hold you back when trying to get others onto the bandwagon and I can say with 100% certainty that this recent documents list issue is one of the two biggest issues (the other is defaulting to the search bar when trying to type in a filename at save).

LibreOffice should be able to show list of sorted items relevant to the program you are using.

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Do not answer a question unless it is a real answer. Yours is not.

gabix gravatar imagegabix ( 2020-07-08 08:48:52 +0200 )edit
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