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Alternative Search

Postby jmanque » Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:57 pm

I just upgraded to Open Office version 4.0.0 from 3.4.1. I use the Alternative Search extension. While it's still there, and functional, accessed from either the Tools/Add-Ons menu or the Edit menu, the toolbar icon for it is gone. If I remember correctly it had its own docking toolbar, but I can't figure out how to open it. Does anyone know how?
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Re: Alternative Search

Postby Hagar Delest » Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:24 pm

See the end of the first post about the extensions: OpenOffice 4.0 released 23 July 2013!
It has been reported that it was working fine. But you may have to update the extension.

Please add [Solved] at the beginning of the title in your first post (top of the topic) with the edit button if your issue has been fixed.
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Re: Alternative Search

Postby jmanque » Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:38 am

Well, it is 'working fine' except that the toolbar is gone. In the linked message it says-

>>About extensions

Beware, a change in the way extensions are build was made in 4.0. If you had an extension that includes a toolbar, it may not work anymore (toolbar disappears but code is still there and can be launched through the Macro dialog).<<

- Any idea which Macro to run? I just checked. In 'My Macros' AltSearch has 11 folders with what must be 200 macros in those folders, none of which are labeled 'tool bar' unless I overlooked one, but some are pretty cryptic to a non-computer programmer like myself.

It's not a big deal. I'm certainly not going back to 3.4 to get the toolbar back, but it would be nice if there's some way to do it. (And I did try un-reinstalling the extension, but the result was the same.)
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Re: Alternative Search

Postby Hagar Delest » Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:52 am

There is no macro to make the toolbar appear, it's a setting in the extension. This is the consequence of a very bad idea from the devs: a change that is not backward compatible disable all the toolbars of the extensions. Each author needs to update his extension to make it compatible with AOO 4.

See: http://www.mail-archive.com/dev@openoff ... 04066.html
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Re: Alternative Search

Postby Villeroy » Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:51 pm

It's a Basic macro. Just add some button or shortcut to the Writer and bind it to "_AltSearch" on module "AltSearch"
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Re: Alternative Search

Postby jmanque » Fri Aug 09, 2013 1:25 am

@Villeroy

Are you talking about bringing back the tool bar, or creating a hot key to open it?
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Re: Alternative Search

Postby hanya » Fri Aug 09, 2013 3:16 am

If many people wanted to use.
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altsearch_toolbar4.zip
Contains only toolbar settings of altsearch for Apache OpenOffice 4. Change the file extension from zip to oxt before to install the package.
(1.69 KiB) Downloaded 93 times
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[Solved] Re: Alternative Search

Postby GoLTGaea » Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:27 pm

This is exactly the issue I was looking for. Starting in 4 the toolbar icon for Alt.Find & Replace disappeared. It is still in the Edit menu and the application works fine.

I'm on Windows 7 64bit

So obviously not a crisis of major proportion. However, I'd really like to get it back if there's any way?

I use it a whole lot and that toolbar (it was on the standard toolbar I believe) sure was convenient.

Thanks for any assistance. :D
Last edited by GoLTGaea on Sun Sep 13, 2015 9:58 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Alternative Search

Postby John_Ha » Sun Feb 16, 2014 5:16 pm

I cannot remember how I fixed this, but I have the Alt Find & Replace search icon on its own toolbar as below. When I removed the tick, and replaced the tick, I had to play around with the "crossed arrows" cursor to make space for it.
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See the Writer Manual, the Writer FAQ, the Writer Tutorials and the Writer guide.

Remember: Always save your Writer files as .odt files. - see here for the many reasons why.
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Re: Alternative Search

Postby GoLTGaea » Sun Sep 13, 2015 9:57 pm

That worked. I just now saw the reply in my email. I could always access Alt Find and Replace by going through the Edit menu. But I use it a lot so it would be nice if it went back to where is first was, at the far left of the second toolbar row. Using your method, turning it on and off several times, I got it to show up again on its own small toolbar, and was able to move it around back to where it used to be. So that's great. I hope it holds this time!
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