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LibreOffice Base: Text cut off in GUI elements

asked 2019-03-09 17:50:06 +0200

Allan gravatar image

Is it possible to correct the following problem?

What I see: I am working with Base Version: under Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS. When I edit the design of a table, for example, in the GUI element containing the text, "Field Properties", the text is cut off as if the GUI element is too small for the text.

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What I expect: The GUI element containing the text is big enough to see all of the text. Do not scale the text smaller to fit but instead make the GUI element bigger.

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Don't see this using LO TDF version under Ubuntu 18.04 Mate. Where is your LO from?

Ratslinger gravatar imageRatslinger ( 2019-03-09 19:44:33 +0200 )edit

Possibly also some window manager settings like UI scaling (or whatever that could be in your OS) could play a role?

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2019-03-09 19:53:55 +0200 )edit

@Ratslinger: Version: Build ID: 98c6a8a1c6c7b144ce3cc729e34964b47ce25d62 OS: Ubuntu 18.04LTS Downloaded directly from but the problem also exists in version from Ubuntu repository.

@Mike Kaganski: I use GNOME Tweaks 3.28.1 to increase the size of the GUI text so I can read it: Window Title: Ubuntu 14 Interface: Ubuntu Regular 14 Document: Sans Regular 14 Monospace: Ubuntu Mono Regular 14 Scaling factor 1

I also tried reducing the font size until the text fits (everything 12) then increasing the scaling factor to 1.25. Again, the text gets cut off. Don't ask me I need glasses! This is a problem for people with reduced eyesight, like me.

Allan gravatar imageAllan ( 2019-03-14 23:40:54 +0200 )edit

@Allan Using same LO build on Ubuntu 18.04 Mate. Gnome Tweaks doesn't work but can change from Control Center>Appearance>Fonts and duplicate your screen. As the font size increases the amount cut off increases. This also affects other screens in Base making forms almost unusable for me.

Tried a variety of things but don't see a fix right now.

Ratslinger gravatar imageRatslinger ( 2019-03-15 00:31:27 +0200 )edit

Don't ask me I need glasses!

This is not a matter of telling you "you must use this" or "you must work like that". It's a matter of finding what causes wrong behavior of Base, and filing proper bug report - so your information has helped a lot, it seems, and @Ratslinger was able to reproduce; hopefully there would appear the said bug report, which is a pre-requisite for a possible fix.

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2019-03-15 05:12:17 +0200 )edit

Sorry, that's just my terrible sense of humour!

Anyway, I tried searching the bugzilla database for phrases such as "cut off" or "truncated" and couldn't find a bug that desicribes exactly what I'm seeing so here goes; hopefully it isn't a duplicate!

Thanks for everyone's help.

Allan gravatar imageAllan ( 2019-03-15 18:07:29 +0200 )edit

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answered 2019-03-15 18:11:00 +0200

Allan gravatar image

I guess the answer to this question is, no, there isn't way to correct the problem right now although a comment above references a bug report.

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