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Subject [Bug 119599] New: Trying to open an already open document is silently ignored
Date Wed, 30 May 2012 10:16:06 GMT

          Priority: P3
            Bug ID: 119599
           Summary: Trying to open an already open document is silently
          Severity: normal
        Issue Type: DEFECT
    Classification: Code
                OS: All
          Hardware: PC
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
           Version: current
         Component: ui
           Product: ui

Suppose a certain document "test_open.odt" is minimized or hidden behind other
documents on the screen and you don't remember the fact that it is already

1) If you try to open "test_open.odt" by double clicking the file name e.g. in
Windows Explorer or in MacOS Finder, the action is always silently ignored. 

2) If you try to open "test_open.odt" via the 'File-Open' dialog or the
'File-Last used documents' list in a different open document window of writer,
calc, or draw, the behavior is not consistent. Mostly I had no reaction at all,
sometimes a minimized "test_open.odt" was maximized, sometimes it was even
brought to the foreground (top most window). I couldn't find a pattern.

>From a user experience perspective, this is confusing. In general, silently
ignoring a user action has to be seen as a bug.

The issue applies to all main document types (writer, calc, draw) on all
systems I tested (various versions of Windows, MacOS, Linux (Ubuntu)) with AOO
3.4 and/or OOo 3.3.

Under the circumstances described above, a user should at least be notified
that "test_open.odt" is already open. This is an absolutely minimal
requirement, but not very useful. A user friendly response to action 1) or 2)
would be

a) if "test_open.odt" is minimized then restore previous size of its window,
b) in any case make it the top most window on the screen and let it have the

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