When I import a picture or a chart into my document and click on it, LibreOffice spawns a toolbar, shifts the whole screen around for a second, and then allows me to move stuff again. It gets very annoying when you need to be constantly moving an image or a table around.

Is there anyway to tell LibreOffice to just sit tight and trust me to look for the toolbar when I actually need it?

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Not exactly the desired result, but OpenOffice will remember if such a floating toolbar was deselected using "View" -> "Toolbars" (found this in an OOo forum - credits: this post).

For example: OOo will show the "table" toolbar if the cursor is inside a table. If the table toolbar is visible, you can hide it using "View" -> "Toolbars" and deselect "Table". OOo will take account of it and won't show the table toolbar automatically furthermore. Using the toolbar's context menu won't work this way - it will hide the toolbar only once and display it again the next time.

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    Thank the lords! I'd upvote you a hundred times if I could. By this way this also works in LibreOffice.
    – n0pe
    Aug 21, 2011 at 13:42
  • Do you know if I can achieve the opposite - make the Table toolbar permanently visible and not go away when I stop editing a table in my document? Jul 4, 2013 at 8:08

I prevented the screen from moving around by dragging the toolbar so that it becomes floating.


I worked around this annoying issue by placing a small toolbar that doesn't hide on a second line below the default-toolbar. When the evasive toolbar shows, put it next to the small one on the same line. It will still flicker in and out, but it wont cause your whole working area to jump around.

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