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How to fix the view position?

asked 2019-02-28 16:55:39 +0200

dima gravatar image

Is it possible to turn off the view position jumping to the cursor position? It's really annoying when you try to work with small graphic objects and high zoom. I don't need to know where the cursor is, really. And I don't like to search for the place where I stopped again and again.

To reproduce:

  1. Create a new LibreOffice Writer document
  2. Create any two or more graphic objects in the end of the page like on picture below image description
  3. Zoom to the object image description
  4. Delete one of them
  5. Ta-da! Now you know where cursor is image description
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answered 2019-02-28 17:28:31 +0200

Well - there is no way AFAIK. And here's why.

When you do the described steps, at step 5, LibreOffice is not simply telling you where cursor is. In fact, LibreOffice shows you that your cursor has moved.

When you select an object, your input cursor doesn't stay at the previous position in text - it is now in the graphical object. When you have deleted the object, the cursor cannot stay where it was - it needs to be somewhere, so it moves to the place where the deleted object was anchored (the "closest" position from the document structure point of view). Since cursor has moved, the view follows the change.

This is like another case: say, you have a multi-page document; and you have your cursor at page 1. You may use scrollbars to move your view to page 10... and stay there as long as you want, without moving cursor. But as soon as you press an arrow key - which moves your cursor - you are back at the place where your input cursor is.

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You may use Draw ti have the workflow as you like - because there the graphical objects are first-class citizens, and the input cursor is not of that high importance.

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2019-02-28 17:32:00 +0200 )edit

Thank you for your answers. I will try Draw. I don't need to know if the cursor is moved or not too. I'd rather never know about the cursor movement until I've found it by myself. I even think this behavior of Writer is not useful for the most people that doesn't type too fast.

dima gravatar imagedima ( 2019-02-28 19:18:19 +0200 )edit
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