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[FEATURE REQUEST] Calc - Border Tools

asked 2016-08-27 21:34:50 +0200

miketurn gravatar image

Hello Everyone,

I am new to LibreOffice, so if I overlooked something I apologize. I feel the three tools provided to create borders around cells seem to function differently than I would expect them to. It seems that these tools are setup to apply their functions after the fact as oppose to right away which I will try to explain below.

"BORDER COLOR" TOOL

1.) This drop down tool allows you to choose a color. When you do so the icon will show the color you selected, say RED. I would think this would function that any border outlines you create after the color RED is selected would end up being red. This is not the case, when you create a border it will be BLACK, you have to keep the selection of cells highlighted and then click the "Border Color" tool icon to apply the color RED. Does anyone else feel it should go by the current color selected when creating new borders?

"BORDERS (Shift To Overwrite)" and "BORDER STYLE" TOOL

1.) These two drop downs I feel should have the same two piece icon that the "Border Color" tool has, where you can select the icon itself to perform its function or you can click your mouse on the arrow part to open up the drop down menu to select a new function, which when selected changes the Icon to that function.

So you can do the same thing as I mention above with "Border Color" tool, you select the type of border in the "BORDERS" tool and the Icon will change to that selection making it current. You then do the same with the "BORDER STYLE" tool and you select from the pulldown arrow the line thickness you desire which changes its icon making it current. Then you do the same with the "BORDER COLOR" tool.

So that any borders you create will be based on the settings of those three Border dropdown tools current settings.

So if BORDER is set to outline current selection / BORDER STYLE is set to 2 pt thickness / BORDER COLOR is set to red then any borders you create will outline the selection with a 2 pt thick red border.


Hopefully some of this makes sense to someone and I didn't just waste a ton of time typing all of this for nothing. If anyone needs me to explain this better please let me know. Also if anyone else agrees or has any other ideas to share please do so.

Thanks again for a great program and to anyone who reads all of this.

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answered 2016-08-27 23:09:31 +0200

mark_t gravatar image

updated 2016-08-27 23:31:36 +0200

Note comment by @oweng in this post

Refer tdf#53011

I think I saw a similar question recently, but cannot find it now. I think the suggestion was to set up a custom style with the desired border format, and then when you want to apply to your selected range, use F11 to bring up the list of styles and double click the desired border style. This is easier than going through the separate border tools every time.

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answered 2016-08-27 21:48:31 +0200

floris v gravatar image

Enhancement requests should be filed at Bugzilla.

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