In Ubuntu 13.10, the hotkeys/shortcut-keys (Ctrl+B, Ctrl+S etc) in LibreOffice are language dependent and work in English language only. While writing in any other language (i.e. any Cyrillic and/or any Bengali etc) it's impossible to use hotkeys, they just don't do anything. Switching to English input language enable hotkeys once again. This is very frustrating as user needs to switch language to save document, to make it bold, or italic, etc. This was not experienced in Ubuntu 13.04.
Steps to reproduce:
- System Settings > Text Entry.
- Add another keyboard layout beside English [In my case it is Bengali (Probhat)]
- Now launch Writer.
- Switch the keyboard layout from English (US) to Bengali (Probhat) by pressing Ctrl+Space.
- Press Ctrl+B to change font weight to bold.
Error: Font weight does not get changed.
Expected: Font weight should change to bold.
Note: none other system hotkeys work as expected. I.e. Ctrl+S to save, or Ctrl+B to subscript, or Ctrl+I to italic etc.
Workaround: The only way is to -
- change the keyboard layout to English
- then press desired hotkey
- then switch keyboard layout back to Bengali.
The issue is critical, as it make writer very slow for keyboard-only typing.