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Renaissance Subproject to Achieve Better Default Settings
Executive summary: Please locate your favorite low hanging fruits by _end of April_ to improve default settings in Impress (or all apps for later, but the lmpress focus is till end of April)
"Better Defaults", as this effort is called for short, aims to collect suggestions for better default settings in OOo. First in Impress (in accordance with the present focus of project Renaissance) and later in the other OOo applications. This is a subproject of Project Renaissance, so it is listed on the "Current Work" wiki page .
What does "better defaults" mean? Well, I KNOW there are default settings that you change first thing when you install a new version of OOo. So please share what they are and why the change(s) make(s) your life much easier.
For example, two issues Frank found are:
Make objects same size Issue 54281
Text area selection is not very accurate and covers other objects. Issue 96548
One default setting changed recently was Issue 2446 Boy did that feel good! Let's find more of those.
Low Hanging Fruit Clause
No new features. The developer should only have to flip a switch on something that is already alive and kicking in the office suite, but just not set as the default. We want results, so the low hanging fruits are the ones we want to grab.
How to Get Started
Find existing default setting issues or write new RFEs in IssueTracker (use "default" in the title and keyword) and add them to list in the table on this wiki page.
Or, if RFE writing is not your kind of thing, just write your desires to achieve default utopia ;-) in the table below. Be sure to make it clear where the feature is located (write down where to click to get there) and why it is better to set the default the way you want it as compared to the old setting.
If you have a complex issue or several defaults in the same area, it would be best if you create an individual wiki page (put link to it in the table below) for all the related defaults like Chris did (see Grid Handling.) Each individual default setting being suggested can then be discussed on the respective wiki pages, just like the discussion in the table at the bottom of the Grind Handling wiki page. That information will serve as the basis for decision making when it comes to evaluation time, because the iTeam will have the discussion and details all in one place (wiki page) and not jumbled all over the mailing lists.
Please get your 2cents in by the END of APRIL (for Impress). Then the iTeam can evaluate the suggestions and decide what to implement with the resources they have. The other application will follow within the scop of the Renaissance project.
List of Better Default Setting Suggestions
|Rotation Mode, Guides when Moving on||Impress||'Rotation Mode after Clicking Object' & 'Guides When Moving' are two feature options which are switched off by default => they should be switched on by default (more info: Grid Handling).||Clu|
|Change Handle Size||Draw/Impress||The current handle size was defined years ago - with displays offering less density than today. I propose to change the default handle size to "large". This option can be found in the toolbar "Options" (more info: Grid Handling).|| ChristophNoack|
|bullet point lists||Impress|| Bad standard defaults of bullet point lists. If one creates a text frame in Impress and clicks on the button "numbering and bullet points" (Nummerierung und Aufzählungszeichen), the newly created bullet point list has terrible standard defaults:
|default colour of drawing objects||Draw/Impress||Issue 93507||Gerald|
|'Right page' should be next style to 'Left page'||Writer||Issue 15498||Name|
|Ugly style sheets for headings in Writer||Writer||I used Writer for several articles, publications, flyers and in all of them the standard headings look ugly and outdated. Any designer would not choose these style sheets for Heading 1-10. Furthermore, in this regard the competition has made large steps forward during the last release cycles.||Gerald|
|'Right page' should be next style to 'Left page'||Writer||Issue 15498||Name|
|Make manual page break in Writer better visiable||Writer||for example use 'light blue' and a thicker line. Issue 33518 and duplicates Issue 65150 , Issue 82353 , Issue 96963 , Issue 22646||Name|
|Default line too thick||Chart||especially XY-Charts need hairline lines.Issue 98803||Name|
|Idea||Draw||Include toolboxes circles, rectangles, text instead of single symbol in drawing toolbar. Reasoning: (1) The 'circles and ovals' and the 'text' toolbox is not accessible via View - Toolbars in Draw. So currently the only way to access arcs and legends is to customize the drawing toolbar. (2) Draw is used for technical constructions and there those objects are often used, in contrast to Writer or Impress, where drawing objects are used for illustrations in most cases. (3) Using the toolboxes needs no more space than single objects and give you a quick access too, because the last used object remains above for single click.||Regina|
|Add Math formula icon to standard bar||All||Math objects are often used in technical documents. You need the way Insert - Object - Formula to insert one. That is too long. For example consider writing a math text for school, which has about twenty formulas per page usually.||Regina|
|Distance in numbering styles larger||Writer||Make the distance from number to text in numbering styles larger, so that 10. text is still in line.||Regina|
|Add a gap in table of contents||Writer||Add a gap (tab or space) between number and text in table of contents in Writer. The picture shows the ugly default settings. Notice the missing space between number and heading text.||Regina|
|Use parallel perspective for 3D-scene||Draw||3D-scenes in Draw are to illustrate constructions. Often several 3D-objects are combined in one scene. Working with several objects is faulty if perspective is on. So the first step when working with 3D-objects is to switch to parallel projection. It is "faulty" because it is unhandy to arrange or rotate objects inside a scene when in central perspective and because of Issue 67847 .||Regina|
|Set margins in style of Math formula objects to 0cm||Writer||Set margins in style of Math formula objects in Writer to 0cm. Issue 22136||Regina|
|Add a spacing below for tables||Writer||Add a spacing below for tables in Writer. In normal text flow the style text body is used, which gives good distance between two paragraphs. It has a spacing above of 0cm and a spacing below of 0.21cm. But after a table the text nearly touches the border of the table, because the table has spacing 0cm. And if you do not use borders the spacing is to small too, because the style Table contents has below spacing 0cm too.||Regina|
|Uncheck transparency warning||All||Uncheck transparency warning in Tools > Options. Modern PCs are fast enough to calculate transparency. So most oft the users no longer need this warning.||Regina|
|change default color in form wizard||Database||the default background color of an default form document, created by the form wizard, is anything like orang -> this is a bad default and looks unprofessional => change it in anything common like 'light gray'||MSC|
|switch off impress wizard||Impress||looks old fashioned, is redundant and annoying||WG|
|Default Clipboard Format for vector graphics||All except Draw||If someone paste a vector graphic into a document, he normally doesn't intend to edit it there, but most probably he needs to resize it. Unfortunately scaling of embedded Draw graphics doesn't work, because text will not scaled proper. Until this work, the user must use Paste Special->As GDI-Metafile. I think GDI-Metafile should be the default here.||Jörg|
|Changing default font||Impress & Draw|| Issue 70585 It should be possible to change the overall default font for text (not the GUI)
in Impress permanently, using one centralized setting, for example Options -> Openoffice.org -> fonts -> Change default font or somewhere similar.
|Change default pen color from neon green||Impress|| Issue 47990 As described in BUG 10922 the neon green color of the pen used to draw on a
presentation is very difficult to see for students in a classroom, and the color is hard coded into OOo. I would like to see the default changed to perhaps black or red, as they are much easier colors to see. BUG 10922 is still a very good idea, but I filed this report to request a simple change of the default color, which should be much easier than what BUG 10922 is requesting. A slightly more ambitious, but still not difficult, would be to read the color value from a file or some such, instead of hard coding it in the OOo source.
|Don't emulate MS Office's annoying "clippy"||All||Options | OpenOffice | General and then Turn off Help Agent and Turn on Extended Tips||Safway|
|Please set all checkboxes in Change Tools --> Options --> Load/Save --> Microsoft Office by default||All||It is very annoying that these checkboxes are not checked by default because users which own Microsoft Office and open a document with an Excel OLE-object see a document in a different way than a user who does not have Microsoft Office installed. This is because (by default) an installed Excel is used to render the xls-diagrams while (when Excel is not installed) OpenOffice.org is used to render it. When a user sends such a document to a different user it seems as if OpenOffice.org does not display the document in the same way as on the other computer. But the problem is in the OLE-object. When the boxes are checked it would be a better default.||parity|
|Tab Stops with reasonable settings||All||Tools > Options > Writer or Writer/Web or Calc or Impress or Draw > General > Settings > Tab stops = 0.50 instead of 0.49||Safway|
|Grid Settings much more manageable and understandable||All|| Tools > Options > Writer or Writer/Web or Calc or Impress or Draw > Grid
Snap to Grid should be off. Visible Grid should be off. Resolution > Horizontal = 0.10 instead of 0.39. Resolution > Vertical = 0.10 instead of 0.39. Synchronize axes should be on.
|Table keyboard handling consistent||Calc||Tools > Options > Calc > Table > Keyboard handling > Insert cell > Column = 0.20 like the others instead of 0.98.||Safway|
|Anchor context sensitive toolbars by default||All|| Context sensitive toolbars (like table, image toolbars) is a great feature
when you get used to it, but new users just see a toolbar popping in front of their work. I always dock those toolbars to the bottom edge of the window. I think this could be a good default for new (and old) users.
|Change "Show as tip" for word completion||Writer|| The word completion is a useful feature, but the way it is shown by default is quite "disturbing": if a
long suggestion pops when you are near the page edge the word you are writing will jump to next line. "Show as tooltip is a better alternative, IMO. The option is on Tools -> AutoCorrect Options -> Word Completion tab
|Space Markers Off||Writer||Turn off markers for spaces (small dots between words).||mr_smyle|
|Shortcut For Insert Comment||Calc, Writer||Like Ctrl+Ins or Shift+Ins||mr_smyle|
|Text Paragraph Indents||Writer(RU)||For style 'Text Body' in RU Locale. Off top margin. Add first line indent 1cm. On justify.||mr_smyle|
|Many Issues From helen_russian||All||Look at this page, please: http://translate.google.com/translate?js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=1&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fmyooo.ru%2Fcontent%2Fview%2F58%2F1%2F&sl=ru&tl=en -- Discussion was here at 5:05:35 PM||mr_smyle|
|Show Color Panel||Impress||View -> Toolbars -> Color Bar||mr_smyle|