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    Gtk window placement not remembering size when it is an open or save dialog window.
    Problem:
    1. Open the open dialog on libreoffice.
    2. Window overlaps off screen. Does not fit on screen.
    3. Click the maximise button and the window adjusts as a maximised window that fits on the screen.
    4. Close window.
    5. Open window again.
    6. Same problem overlaps on screen does not remember that it was in a maximised state when I closed it from last time.
    7. Have to click maximise again!

    What it needs to do:
    1. The 2nd window should remember where it was in a maximised state (not overlap when i open it again) as I had left it when I had closed the 1st window.
    2. Window open and save dialog s should remember there state no matter how they are adjusted.

    I have filed a gtk bug.
    My response so far is that it is a Ubuntu problem.

    What I think is happening:
    The open and save dialog window knows that it needs to be at a resolution as it was before... And that is what it is directly doing. But, What the window needs to do though is to be told when it is opened to go to that size and resolution but to also go back into maximise mode as I had left it before.

    Links:
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...iz/+bug/760645 launchpad bug:
    Bug filed with gtk developer: https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=685347
    Screenshots in both links of what is going wrong.

    I have had this problem with many versions of ubuntu since 10.04.. Earlier. It would be great if it could be fixed... still happens in quantal 12.10.

    It is quite annoying when the dialog doesn't remember its position or fits on the screen??
    this happens on any open or save window in ubuntu on any program. Including Firefox... Chromium... Libreoffice... Archive manager.... Nautilus.... And many many many others.




    Please help,
    bash321.
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    Re: Dialog box window sizes

    hm, the gtk report is marked as "solved" now

    have you tested without compiz installed (like with gnome-session-fallback) ?

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    Re: Dialog box window sizes

    No I have not tried gnome session fallback. But I will give it a go without compiz.
    I will try and unresolve the bug as well as its not resolved on launch pad I will unresolve it on the gtk bug.
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    Re: Dialog box window sizes

    I have tried with gnome session fallback. And the size is remembered when I open and close the open dialog box on libreoffice writer.

    This works for gnome session fallback with effects. I even uninstalled compiz.
    Without effects you cannot maximise open and save dialog boxes on Ubuntu no option is displayed.

    The window remembers its size but it does not remember that it was in a maximised state where I had left it before. Thus I have to right click on the window and hit maximise for the window to maximise.
    I then close it. And the application. re open libreoffice writer and the open dialog box right click on it and it hasn't remembered so I have to click maximise on the window. This included shutdown and restart tests with the same problem still occurring.

    Is there a way for the window to remember that it had been left in a maximised state as it then would fit onto the screen properly in a maximised window all the time. Especially for open and save dialog boxes.

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    Re: Dialog box window sizes

    Edited reports and changed status of reports.

    Could this also be a unity window decorator problem? With open and save dialog boxes on Ubuntu because I tried the same tests on xubuntu and they worked perfectly compared to using the normal Ubuntu.

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    Re: Dialog box window sizes

    it would seem the problem is some windows like the ones you've mentioned won't/can't open integrated into the unity panel so they open 'semi-maxed' but below the unity panel.
    So it would appear to be a Unity only issue & Not a low resolution display issue

    If one was to set an 'open' window to only open maximised in compiz > window rules then it likely would open integrated into the unity panel.
    Though in a quick test of vlc's open file dialog window it's not seen as any different than vlc
    (so the setting would be for vlc, not just it's open <whatever> window

    Edit: in the case of libreoffice you could set the open window itself to only open maxed -
    class=Soffice
    Last edited by mc4man; November 7th, 2012 at 04:32 PM.

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    Re: Dialog box window sizes

    It is a common bug on Ubuntu Systems with any version of UNITY installed.
    Please Help!
    I have received no communication lately from anyone who can resolve this issue.
    This is still an occurrence on the latest development release of Ubuntu Saucy 13.10 and it should be RESOLVED ASAP. As there is clearly a design error with gtk+ integration the file manager and open and save dialog windows running on any gtk+ program in Ubuntu.


    A LibreOffice Developer has even posted that they cannot fix this issue as it is clearly a design error and issue with Ubuntu "Unity".
    I can also provide a desktop recording video attachment to show my exact problem and bug.
    bash321.
    Last edited by cariboo; May 20th, 2013 at 04:02 PM. Reason: normalize font to comply with forum C of C
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    Re: Dialog box window sizes

    Well, you already know that actual unity is based on gtk; and the "next" unity is rewritten with qt. Meaning that actual issues with the gtk design is not receiving much attention, but the "critical" ones.
    Thats the actual transitional "unstable" status: actual unity/compiz is slowly dying and the "next" is still a work in progress.
    So on my side i have opt-in for gnome-shell (gnome3-team ppa) which is closely the same as unity regarding many features (but not all, GS is also a work in progress)

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