File selection dialog box opens to awkward size, buttons obscured

Bug #774254 reported by borisz on 2011-04-30
This bug affects 11 people
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unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: unity

Whenever I go to the "save as" dialog in libreOffice (or any other program). The box opens to a size larger than my screen, and the "save" and "cancel" buttons are obscure below where I can see them. Maximizing the window fixes it, but it's very annoying to deal with every single time I save a file, and I usually just press enter, but I can imagine accidentally not saving a file due to this, which would be very bad. The box should open to a size smaller than my screen size so the buttons are clearly visible.

Description: Ubuntu 11.04
Release: 11.04

  Installed: 3.8.10-0ubuntu2
  Candidate: 3.8.10-0ubuntu2
  Version table:
 *** 3.8.10-0ubuntu2 0
        500 natty/main i386 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

Bilal Shahid (s9iper1) wrote :

its not hapening with me could u attach a screen short with it

borisz (borzin264) wrote :

I've attached a screenshot of what this looks like (I erased some folder names). I hope it helps.

The same problem on my netbook screen (resolution: 1024x600). When I click on maximize, the save and cancel buttons are shown.

Changed in unity:
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
m1fcj (hakan-koseoglu) wrote :

Similar issues on Eee 701.

Colin Law (colin-law) wrote :

I can easily replicate this by setting my screen resolution to 800x600, open LibreOffice and clicking Save As. The dialog produced is too large for the screen.

Colin Law (colin-law) wrote :

For those with this problem a workaround (for me anyway) is to use Unity-2D which seems to correctly size the dialog to the screen.

ABSDoug (absdoug) wrote :

Special thanks to Colin Law for the work-around!

I made a video desktop capture ranting about this problem (& a couple others):

I read 2D is BETTER setting for netbooks anyway!

Bruce Pieterse (octoquad) wrote :

The affected applications should have a minimum window height of 500-550px. This was a problem with evolution as well from 11.04. Please do not ignore this, this needs to be fixed in order to improve the user experience for netbook users!

Raoul Verveer (lazy-r) wrote :

I have worked around this by installing compizconfig-settings-manager and enabling the "Window Rules" plugin. You can make a rule "type=Dialog" for "Maximize". Now all Dialog windows are opened maximized. You could also make a "Size Rule" to have dialoges opened at a fixed size.

Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

Thanks for the bug report. This particular bug has already been reported and is a duplicate of bug 760645, so is being marked as such. Any further discussion regarding the bug should occur in the other report. Feel free to report any other bugs you may find

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