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select line with a single click

asked 2016-04-08 01:28:35 +0200

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This is a request for enhancement for Writer:

Coming from MS Word, it is extremely useful to be able to select a hole line of text just by left-clicking (once) to the left margin where it begins that's very useful for quick format, apply styles, etc.

At the moment to select a line in Writer you have to (1)position the cursor at the beginning (2)left click and (3)then drag the mouse till the end. most of the times you end selecting more than a line. I know you can use keyboard shortcuts too, in which case the procedure is similar (Click the line + home + Shift-End)

I am using LibreOffice for the first time and find it useful, but will really appreciate that simple feature. If you could implement it, that will be great. Thanks.

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The line/paragraph selection is for me the most annoying thing with Libre Office.

osundblad gravatar imageosundblad ( 2017-03-01 22:19:33 +0200 )edit

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answered 2018-12-03 14:06:21 +0200

ebot gravatar image

updated 2018-12-03 14:07:16 +0200

It is very simple. Click and hold to the left of the row. In the position, drag the mouse down one line, done.

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Or, to achieve the same thing without using the mouse:
From anywhere in the line, hit Home followed by Shift+Down Arrow.

BigRAl gravatar imageBigRAl ( 2018-12-03 16:48:03 +0200 )edit

thank you! this is very useful. it still does not work as well as the MS Word variant though :)

Rik gravatar imageRik ( 2018-12-03 17:06:10 +0200 )edit

If you select this way the last line of a paragraph, and change font effect, the beginning of the next paragraph will retain the new font effect until you erase some space or character of these paragraph.

Something similar happens when selecting on the right margin from the end of the previous paragraph.

For me, the closest option is: click, Shift+End.

LibreOffice 6.3.

LeroyG gravatar imageLeroyG ( 2020-08-25 02:26:25 +0200 )edit

answered 2018-12-03 12:10:07 +0200

Rik gravatar image

i'd like to bump this: this is one of the things that would make LO writer much more usable!

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answered 2018-12-03 12:35:05 +0200

BigRAl gravatar image

Ask LibreOffice is not the place to request enhancements.

Follow the guidelines given in this question.

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answered 2016-04-08 20:38:46 +0200

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You can triple-click anywhere in the line , and that will select the whole line .

It is not what you asked for ,but it's an improvement to having to move the mouse .

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Only valid when the sentence occupies one line. Triple click will select the sentence, not just the line.

LeroyG gravatar imageLeroyG ( 2020-08-25 02:04:16 +0200 )edit
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