Openoffice a frustration on Gutsy

Hugo Heden hugoheden at
Tue Nov 6 21:13:10 UTC 2007

On 11/5/07, NoOp <glgxg at> wrote:
> On 11/05/2007 02:02 PM, Johann Spies wrote:
> > My wife does not love computers. She is a science teacher that uses
> > her computer to draw up notes, exam papers etc. Her most important
> > programs are Openoffice, an email client and a web browser.  To her it
> > is just a tool to get the job done.
> >
> > Her computer with Dapper on was stolen a few weeks ago (IBM Thinkpad
> > R31).  I installed Gutsy on her new Lenovo R60e.
> >
> > Today was her first experience of using Openoffice on Gutsy and she
> > ended the day in frustration.  Two problems (that I could not repeat
> > on my Debian Lenny computer with the same OO version) was that when
> > she used the shortcut for subscripts or superscripts (used a lot in
> > Chemistry papers) she could not get back to normal characters using
> > the same shortcut (Ctl_Shift_B - e.g. for subscripts) to toggle the
> > subscripts off.  The same happened when she use bold while typing.
> > There was no simple way to get out of bold. In both cases the toggle
> > function did not seem to work.
> >
> > I have seen that the subscript-thing was a bug but it was reported as
> > solved.  I did upgrade openoffice to one of a few days ago from Ubuntu
> > repositories.
> >
> > It is just not acceptable that a product that should be ready for
> > production produces so much frustration.
> >
> > Fortunately Evolution so far worked without serious problems.  On
> > Dapper it was so buggy that I replaced it by Thunderbird which is also
> > not the best email client I have seen. (Unfortunately my wife would
> > not use mutt :)
> >
> > If there is no quick solution to this problem I am afraid I am going
> > to say goodby to Ubuntu.  For my own desktop I have already moved back
> > to Debian some time ago.
> >
> > Regards
> > Johann
> Do as you wish, but I'd recommend that you ask if other users are
> experiencing the same problem before getting too excited.
> I just tried Ctl_Shift_B in Gutsy (U)OOo 2.3 and it works just fine
> (both on and off).
> Now, perhaps if you come back & rephrase others may be willing to help
> further.

Yes, Ctrl-Shift-B works for me too, both on and of. Likewise for Ctrl-B.

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