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Old 08-14-2016, 05:42 PM   #1
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The case of the dissapearing Arrow

W10 x64

For a while, I have been wondering why the Library Icon did not have an Arrow to indicate a menu

Today, I had the K4 attached

Is this just Windows?
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Old 08-14-2016, 06:21 PM   #2
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W10 x64

For a while, I have been wondering why the Library Icon did not have an Arrow to indicate a menu

Is this just Windows?
I assume the second shot is from your Mint box.

I can't recall it ever having seen a down arrow on Windows - like you I've often wondered why not, also wondered why it displays current library name - rather than a fixed title.

The current library name is shown in the title bar on Windows, IMO a better place for current library name would be in the status line, just before the [n books, m total].

Hmmm - memory cell #4 just suggested we've had this discussion before.

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Old 08-14-2016, 06:39 PM   #3
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I assume the second shot is from your Mint box.

I can't recall it ever having seen a down arrow on Windows - like you I've often wondered why not, also wondered why it displays current library name - rather than a fixed title.

The current library name is shown in the title bar on Windows, IMO a better place for current library name would be in the status line, just before the [n books, m total].

Hmmm - memory cell #4 just suggested we've had this discussion before.

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No the second shot is when a Device is connected: Windows 10
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Old 08-14-2016, 06:46 PM   #4
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Might it be all the suboptions are disabled with a device attached?
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Old 08-14-2016, 06:51 PM   #5
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Well, I updated my Mint (17.2) box (whish is the flip side of a XP dual boot).


2.64 on Mint behaves the Same

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I have never connected any devices to calibre, and I can't recall ever seeing a down arrow on the library icon in the main tool bar. Yet I see a flyout arrow in the book context menu.

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I have never connected any devices to calibre, and I can't recall ever seeing a down arrow on the library icon in the main tool bar. Yet I see a flyout arrow in the book context menu.

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A long time ago, there were 2 styles of arrows.
The one in the center for right click
a small one near the bottom for More Choices ( similar to ... on some systems)
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I believe it depends on your Qt theme.

The library icon pops open the submenu whether you click the icon or the arrow.
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I believe it depends on your Qt theme.

The library icon pops open the submenu whether you click the icon or the arrow.
This is the same Calibre session. At least it should be consistent.
My theme is the 'Calibre theme' in Look and Feel
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A long time ago, there were 2 styles of arrows.
The one in the center for right click
a small one near the bottom for More Choices ( similar to ... on some systems)
The two arrow styles indicate if pressing the button does something or if it just displays the menu. The small one near the corner indicates that it just has a menu. The more obvious one (can't describe it exactly as I'm at work on a Linux machine with calibre 1.48), is for the action and separate menu. The arrow is bigger and separate to allow it to be clicked separately.

From your screen shot, I don't think they are the same button. That icon is used for three different buttons. One is "Choose Library" which is used to create or change the current library. The tooltip for this will show the library name and number of books. Clicking it should prompt to create a library. This should have the bigger arrow.

The second is the "Copy to library". You can put this on the toolbar, but it only shows if you have more than one library. This doesn't have an action for clicking the button, so it should have the smaller arrow.

The third is part of the "Location Manager" button. This is only there when the device is connected. It has two or three parts that look like separate buttons, but they are one item in the toolbar. The parts are the library, the device and the secondary storage in the device. Clicking each of these changes the list to that location. Each part has it's own drop down menu, so they should have the menu-type arrow.

The screenshot with the device should be the last button. I can't tell which it is for the other screenshot. But, my memory of the library button at home on Win10 is that it has a visible arrow for the menu.
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If you use the calibre interface style then buttons that always popup menus have no arrow. If you use a non-calibre interface style, then depending ont he style, such buttons may or may not have a small arrow in the bottom right corner.

As for why it is different when a device is connected, it is because clicking on it no longer popups a menu instantly, instead clicking on it shows the books in the calibre library.
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If you use the calibre interface style then buttons that always popup menus have no arrow. If you use a non-calibre interface style, then depending ont he style, such buttons may or may not have a small arrow in the bottom right corner.

As for why it is different when a device is connected, it is because clicking on it no longer popups a menu instantly, instead clicking on it shows the books in the calibre library.

Make sense now that you explain.
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