Since recently the find dialogue in my LibreOffice appears in the system window frame.

find dialogue

Probably as a result of this change, when I click CTRL + F to search for a text string inside the document, the dialogue's text field isn't focused, so I cannot immediately type in the searched string. Instead, I have to either use a mouse click or press CTRL + F once again first. This is annoying.

Any idea if the original behaviour can be restored by a setting? Any other solution?

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    Does this help? Go to Tools / Options / LibreOffice / View and set Mouse Positioning to "middle of dialog window". – Jos Feb 2 '15 at 9:56
  • Yes! I set the option as you suggested and restarted LibreOffice. It worked. Thanks! – datka Feb 2 '15 at 18:32

A commentator above suggested a pretty good workaround:

  1. Go to Tools / Options / LibreOffice / View.
  2. Set Mouse Positioning to "Dialog center".
  3. Restart LibreOffice.

The find dialogue still has the system window border around it but clicking Ctrl + F puts focus in the text field so one can type immediately.

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    @chaskes Thank you. It was a lucky guess, I couldn't reproduce the error. Let the answer stand as it is, it is fine by me. – Jos Feb 3 '15 at 7:55
  • Alas, I haven't changed the settings but the single Ctrl + F stopped working again :( – datka Feb 3 '15 at 9:40
  • On my LO that setting makes no difference. But at least pressing ctrl+F again puts the focus on the text field. As far as I remember it has always been like this, so I guess the non-focus (with the default setting) isn't a bug per se, but pretty pretty stupid definitely. – pileofrocks Mar 24 '15 at 3:16
  • The setting helped me on although I don't understand why. – DK Bose Aug 12 '15 at 5:58
  • @DanielTkatch, which version of LibreOffice are you using? I have version and Ctrl+F opens as a "panel" at the bottom of my screen and not as a separate window. – DK Bose Aug 18 '15 at 14:39

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