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asked 2019-03-18 11:28:39 +0100

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I'm using Libreoffice Version 6.2.0.3 (x64). While working on one of my Writer documents I inadvertently undocked the sidebar, and I can't re-dock it, so it is always floating. I have tried dragging it to the side with no effect. If I click on its Settings there is an option to dock, but it doesn't do anything.

If I open any other document the sidebar is correctly docked. I can undock it, but I can't then re-dock it.

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Which OS do you use?

ebot gravatar imageebot ( 2019-03-18 13:46:10 +0100 )edit

I'm using Windows 10

rousea gravatar imagerousea ( 2019-03-18 13:54:22 +0100 )edit

Try to reset your user profile. How to do that you will find here. Before storing your existing user profile under a different name.

ebot gravatar imageebot ( 2019-03-18 14:53:22 +0100 )edit

Thanks. That solved it

rousea gravatar imagerousea ( 2019-03-18 16:42:46 +0100 )edit

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ebot gravatar imageebot ( 2019-03-18 19:23:41 +0100 )edit

Although it does solve the problem, it's not "a solution". If the only way to dock an (accidentally or not) undocked sidebar is to reset one's whole user profile, which means losing all your customizations, that's quite a major bug! There is a "Dock" item in the sidebar's contextual menu and it doesn't do anything :s

localhost gravatar imagelocalhost ( 2019-04-12 15:41:10 +0100 )edit
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@localhost (And for anyone else that encounters this) - I just had the same thing happen. The sidebar came undocked and refused to re-dock. I was unwilling to reset my profile. I ended up closing and re-opening LO and at that point the sidebar, while still undocked, would then dock correctly.

AndonRT gravatar imageAndonRT ( 2019-04-23 03:27:49 +0100 )edit

Closing LO allowed me to get the sidebar to respond to the dock command in WinX, but had to shut down all instances of LO. I had Draw and Calc up, and closing only Draw was not enough. I had to close both Calc and Draw..

ChristCrusader gravatar imageChristCrusader ( 2019-12-26 17:37:04 +0100 )edit

@AndonRT Your suggestion just solved the issue for me. I just had it happen in Calc last night and it refused to redock. I tried it again this morning with the same problem. I didn't like the idea of resetting everything, but your solution was perfect. Thanks...and upvoted.

Amalit gravatar imageAmalit ( 2020-02-08 15:33:01 +0100 )edit

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answered 2019-03-18 11:49:27 +0100

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Hold the sidebar with the mouse and drag it to the right (or left) edge until a gray frame appears. Then release the mouse.

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As stated in my question, dragging the window has no effect. I can drag it almost completely to the right and no frame appears

rousea gravatar imagerousea ( 2019-03-18 12:07:05 +0100 )edit

I'm using Windows 10

rousea gravatar imagerousea ( 2019-03-18 13:52:54 +0100 )edit

You should push the sidebar over the right edge!

ebot gravatar imageebot ( 2019-05-13 11:54:24 +0100 )edit

Steps: This solved the re-docking problem for me. However, it didn't work right away. I have to close all LO instances, including the quick starter, and then restart Writer. Now both the dragging-to-the-right-edge technique and the Dock command in the Sidebar Setting (the 3 dots arranged vertically) work well.

Causes? Maybe the bug resides in how LO deals with hibernation. I often encounter this problem after resuming my NB from hibernation.

Environment: LO 6.3.5.2 (x64) under Windows 10 (1909)

LOfan gravatar imageLOfan ( 2020-04-14 19:24:26 +0100 )edit
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answered 2019-05-13 11:19:29 +0100

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I experienced the same issue (LO 6.2.2 on Windows 7). Restarting libreoffice helped already though... (that included quitting the running background program).

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Same with me: LibreOffice 6.3.6.2 (x86); OS: Windows 6.1.

LeroyG gravatar imageLeroyG ( 2020-08-04 01:07:29 +0100 )edit
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answered 2020-03-25 16:07:11 +0100

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The "Sidebar Settings" (3 dots arranged vertically) menu has a "dock" option OS: Gentoo Linux LO: 6.3.4.2

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answered 2020-05-11 08:04:17 +0100

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updated 2020-05-11 08:05:05 +0100

In the event that you cannot see a docking frame appear (as visualised in ebot's picture above) to assist in docking the Sidebar then it is likely that docking command 'dock' the 3 dotted menu bar will also not work. In either case the docking feature becomes unavailable.

In some circumstances simply restarting LibreOffice is not enough. To fix this problem you might try first saving all your work then goto Help menu then select restart in safe mode. Ensure no options are ticked and simply select "continue on to safe mode button." Exit out of safe mode and restart LibreOffice in normal mode and it should all word again.

This allows you to avoid having to clear your libreoffice user profile.

If this answer helped you, please accept it by clicking the check mark ✔ to the left and, karma permitting, upvote it. That will help other people with the same question. In case you need clarification, edit your question (not an answer) or comment the relevant answer.

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