Can't dock sidebar

I’m using Libreoffice Version (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?

I’m using Windows 10

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

Thanks. That solved it

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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

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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.

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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…

@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.

@AndonRT just created a LibreOffice forums account to like this comment.

This work on Windows (so adapt accordingly):

Select the Sidebar (you can press F11) then press Ctrl+Shift+F10 (to dock the toolbar). I can’t find this shortcut in the customize menu.

Tested on LibreOffice (x86 and x64).

Related answer: Find toolbar is hiding - #5 by LeroyG

Edit: Won’t work if another dialog is open (like Paragraph or Save as). You also can choose Dock from the Sidebar Settings button (three vertical dots).

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With the exception of the user profile set-up, which is not an acceptable option, neither this suggested solution, nor any of the others I’ve seen in this thread seem to work for me. (Windows 11, LO (x64)
My situation, a two-monitor configuration, presents a slightly different challenge. Upon accidental undocking, the sidebar appeared on the adjacent, much smaller screen (positioned somewhat lower), with the title bar and any menus now being off-screen, above the upper screen border. So there is (using Windows 11, and probably same on Windows 10) no way to grab that sidebar and move it, nor can any main menu options be seen or actuated. That sidebar cannot be moved by pointing the cursor at just any gray space, clicking, holding and dragging. Seems like you can only drag it by clicking and holding the title bar (which is normal, in Microsoft Windows). But, when cursor will stop at the edge of the the screen, there’s no way to even blindly find and grab that title bar. Nor does the typical method of recovering off-screen windows work, since, being a sidebar, it is not treated as a regular window, and will therefore not show up as something that can be moved, when hovering over the Calc icon in the Windows Task Bar in order to pop up the Move Window option. Alt-Tabbing won’t list it either.

For Windows. To move a window using the keyboard

  1. Press Alt+Space to open the window placement menu. Don’t worry if you can’t see it
  2. Press Alt+M to select Move
  3. Press the arrow keys to move the window to a convenient place. When happy press Enter

Cheers, Al

This worked for me. Thanks.

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I had experienced this problem and couldn’t see a docking frame appearing when dragging the panel over the right border of the window, the 3 dotted menu didn’t work, either restarting LibreOffice.

I could dock the Sidebar by pressing CTRL on the keyboard while double clicking on an empty area of the Navigator’s icon’s bar. The image shows in red the areas that doesn’t dock, in green is the area that worked for me:

OS: Ubuntu 20.04

Yes. None of the advice worked (the docking command in the sidebar itself; the cntl-sh-F10, the dragging). The online documentation said to double-click inside a blank part of the sidebar window, which didn’t work either. Neither did double-clicking in the icon bar – until I went to the Navigator panel. Finally that worked.Thank you.

Now I just need to figure out what stupid thing I did to get it undocked in the first place…

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

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

I’m using Windows 10