This month, Microsoft will deprecate their Office viewer tools. They haven’t been updated in forever. And there are several use-cases for Office viewers. I was wondering if this is a consideration for LibreOffice going forward. Would a LibreOffice developer care to estimate how difficult an undertaking this would be? If nobody else is interested in this, I might have to take a crack at it.
Why wasting effort on a “viewer” when we offer fully functional suite for free?
For systems intended only for viewing documents, not modifying them. In my line of work, this a use-case. Government, military, and business have been using the the Microsoft Office Viewers for quite a while. Most employees don’t know how to protect or set read only. And when it is later displayed, it’s nice to display a document in a presentation room or on a display without any of the toolbars, etc.
If there was a button in LibreOffice that disables editing like opening a read only file…
…And hide the toolbars/ribbon until button is pressed again. That would be fantastic. A way to toggle this setting by default would be awesome.
Edit Mode (Ctrl+Shift+M)?
The command parameter “–view” seemed to do the trick. Though the banner that opens (“This document is open in read-only mode”) is pretty frustrating because for my use-case as the user shouldn’t be informed they have editing privileges. Is there a way to prevent this banner?
Feature Requests can be submitted here https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/?enhancement=yes
- Create a Bugzilla account.
- Select FILE A BUG.
- Select LIBREOFFICE.
- Fill in the details of what you’d like to see.
- Under Severity choose “Enhancement”.
Consider designing an extension with that functionality. Then only the people who want it will have to download it.