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trouble navigating with up & down arrow keys

asked 2016-01-13 15:30:28 +0200

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updated 2016-03-10 23:39:06 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image

In previous versions of Writer (I'm currently using I'm using LibreOffice v4.4.7.2) I could simply go up or down a line by using the up or down arrow keys and the cursor would be immediately above or below the place it had been before pressing the key.

But now when I press the up key, instead of going directly up, the cursor goes up a line but slightly to the left or right, depending on where the cursor was when I began typing on the line before hitting the up arrow. A similar problem likewise for the down arrow.

Not only is this irritating, it severely slows my ability to edit large text documents.

How can I revert back to the previous, simpler arrangement in which up goes directly up and down goes directly down?

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I also find this irritating. Up/down arrow should mean vertically upwards/downwards, not from where I last entered (or deleted) text.

Pansmanser gravatar imagePansmanser ( 2018-06-22 13:13:49 +0200 )edit

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answered 2016-07-21 19:31:58 +0200

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Did you formerly by any chance work with a fixed width font? In that case you can move up and down in columns, but in text with a proportional font characters won't align perfectly vertically.

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No, while behaviour is different with a fixed font, it still does not make vertical movements.

Pansmanser gravatar imagePansmanser ( 2018-10-29 13:15:41 +0200 )edit

answered 2016-07-21 11:46:57 +0200

AAA gravatar image

Nobody knows what to do? I have upgraded to v5.1.4.2 and am still having this issue.

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