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Impress: How to Finish a Polygon?

asked 2020-03-29 13:46:27 +0200

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updated 2020-03-29 13:49:18 +0200


After drawing all the single lines: how do I finish up the polygon?

What I figured out:

  • Doubleclick => Create Polyline
  • Enter => Create Polyline
  • Ctrl + doubleclick => Create Polyline
  • Alt + doubleclick => Activates Window manager accelerator from Ubuntu


  • I don't understand why the tool is called "Polygon", if it's so hard to actually draw one.

  • The question-page will not let you properly select tags. Even after typing "impress" and selecting "impress" from the list, it stayed open and hid the "send" button.

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The polygon feature used to be very useful to an engineer. I used it as late as March 5 and it worked fine. A double click was all that was required to complete the polygon (no Alt, Ctrl or Shift). Now, it is impossible to draw a polygon. Holding the Alt and double clicking the mouse seems to work for a moment, but the cursor remains active. You can start a new polygon or several new polygons, but as soon as you move to a different function, all of the polygons disappear. Very frustrating.

BAret gravatar imageBAret ( 2020-03-30 00:49:37 +0200 )edit

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answered 2020-04-01 00:29:39 +0200

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So I experimented with some LO versions (on Linux you can git clonethe Bibisect release repository, which contains most LO releases; see I used 5.4.7, 6.2.8 and my current development build of 7.0.0.

There are two tools: polygon and polygon, filled, to begin with. The polygon, filled will always create a filled polygon in my tests. What is consistent for both tools is:

  1. Ctrl + Alt + click finishes the current polygon / closes the polyline (and potentially starts a new one).
  2. a double-click anywhere finishes editing

But the behavior after the 1st and 2nd action of polygon has changed. Multiple times. For the tested versions I got:

  • 5.4.7: 1st will continue to draw a line from the last point (not the closing point!) and 2nd will not fill the polygon
  • 6.2.8: 1st will not continue the line and 2nd will fill the polygon
  • 7.0.0: 1st will not continue the line and 2nd will not fill the polygon

If you don't double-click after Ctrl + Alt + click, you can create a new polyline or poligon, which will be grouped together when finished.

Maybe there should be an extra polyline tool, so the current polygon tool would always close on finish. That seems more consistent. I'll open a bug report to get some feedback. Existing documentation should get updated too, I guess.

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jmux gravatar imagejmux ( 2020-04-01 00:45:55 +0200 )edit

answered 2020-03-29 13:58:09 +0200

ebot gravatar image

updated 2020-03-30 09:17:44 +0200

Can this help?

In addition:

EDIT_01: For me it works without problems.

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Try Safemode.

After the error is still there: LibreOffice user profile

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The first reference describes precisely the way a polygon should be drawn. It used to work, but it does not work any more.

BAret gravatar imageBAret ( 2020-03-30 01:01:51 +0200 )edit

See my edited answer.

ebot gravatar imageebot ( 2020-03-30 09:12:24 +0200 )edit

Both do not work here. (System: xubuntu 19.10, Libre office as stated in 1st Post)

PinkPencil gravatar imagePinkPencil ( 2020-03-30 10:03:34 +0200 )edit

Thanks, ebot. I have tried safe mode, but the result is still the same. I can draw the polygon, but when I finish, the "curve" cursor remains instead of changing back to an arrow like your example. If I try to do something else, say draw a line or ellipse, the polygon vanishes.

It seems that we are using a different version of the program because, when I draw a filled polygon, it starts filling from the second poly line instead of waiting until the polygon closes.

BAret gravatar imageBAret ( 2020-03-30 19:23:49 +0200 )edit

answered 2020-03-30 00:57:48 +0200

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updated 2020-03-30 01:07:56 +0200

I am not familiar with the software, but it should be a fairly easy fix. It simply requires the process to terminate on the double click (preferably without holding down any key).

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answered 2020-03-29 13:46:56 +0200

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updated 2020-03-29 13:54:28 +0200


Be very careful, the mouse must not move even a pixel during doubleclick. This might be a problem, if you mouse input has some distortions or you hand slides a little during the click.

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