This bug was reported on Ubuntu Launchpad as:
When resizing the main application window, it does not resize correctly. In particular, when the top or left boundaries of the window are used to perform the resizing, the application's title-bar, main menu and icons are not redrawn correctly and become inaccessible.
Steps to reproduce:
1) From the Applications menu, start one of the OpenOffice applications (Word Processor, Spreadsheet or Presentation).
2) Attempt to resize the window by dragging the top or left edge of the application window (you may need to click the application window's "(un)maximise" button (top right, next to the "X" for closing the window) to allow resizing).
What I expect to happen:
The application's layout (including the title-bar, main menu and icons) should be adjusted and re-drawn dynamically as the application is resized, and then finally when the resize operation is complete.
What happens instead:
The application's layout is not adjusted, and the title-bar, main menu and/or icons become inaccessible.
Right-click on the application in the panel at the bottom of the screen, and choose "Maximise" from the pop-up menu... then repeat and choose "unmaximise". The application is redrawn correctly in it's new size. (This does not work with "Minimise - Unminimise").
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.10
Package: openoffice.org-core 1:3.1.1-5ubuntu1 [modified: var/lib/openoffice/basis3.1/program/services.rdb]
I only get the redraw problem when I specifically resize the application from the top/left edges.
I've not been able to reproduce the problem in any other applications besides OpenOffice (including Firefox, GIMP, Inkscape, Rosegarden, Audacity, Ardour, NetBeans, Synaptic Package Manager).
This is still occurring in Xubuntu10.10 (with OpenOffice3.2.1).
I really cannot reproduce that bug, nor I have ever been able to.
(I am not using neither Ubuntu nor Xubuntu though, yet I doubt that makes any difference).
Created attachment 3188
OOcalc screenshot with/without openoffice.org-gtk
Comparison of OpenOffice Calc in Xubuntu with/without the openoffice.org-gtk package installed.
For sure I have been able to consistently reproduce it on Xubuntu v9.10, v10.04 and now v10.10. From my experience (and other posts) it seems:
a) specific to Xubuntu (not Ubuntu or other platforms)
b) specific to OpenOffice (Xubuntu doesn't seem to do this with other apps)
c) not specific to one machine (I've seen 3 machines, others are reported also)
c) not specific to NVidia (it's reproduced on Intel graphics also)
so I suspect that on a Xubuntu machine there's a fair chance the problem could be reproduced.
I just discovered that installing the "openoffice.org-gtk" package in Xubuntu somewhat resolves the problem, but it gives the whole spreadsheet contents a faded appearance (black text appears grey) which is not good. Perhaps this gives a clue to the root of the original problem though.
I had the same problem with both Libre Office and Shotcut (video editor). since I didn't have any problem with Libre using Cinnamon on an old laptop so I switched the desktop computer to Cinnamon and the problem went away. Both computers are 17.2 with the latest recommended kernel.
I've never had any such issue on Fedora using the default gtk theme, so I wonder if that could be a gtk issue.
Can you reproduce using the gtk default Adwaita theme? (it wouldn't be the first time I see an issue with the default theme shipped in Xubuntu, e.g. bug 12329)
Looks like a dupe of bug 12617
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