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Fixes for LibreOffice in KDE

Those of you who use KDE as their desktop environment and also use my LibreOffice packages, will know that there are two major annoyances, related to KDE’s theming engine but ultimately caused by bugs in LibreOffice.

Those annoyances are:

  • Tooltips in LO applications show up as black text on black background, effectively rendering them useless. You can fix that by changing the color of Tooltips in “System Settings > Application Appearance > Colors” and then in the tab called “colors” look for “Tooltip background” and change that to some lighter color. But that changes the behaviour of every tooltip in other applications as well, so this should really be fixed in LibreOffice.
  • When using KDE’s Oxygen window decorations, all LO applications will have a non-functional horizontal scrollbar – you can not grab hold of it or move it left-right with your mouse.

Two patches which I found in OpenSuse were needed to fix both these annoyances. I rebuilt my LibreOffice packages for Slackware after applying them. Get them if you were annoyed by these issues just like me.

Note that the mirror sites also offer rsync access as well as faster download speeds. Only and are up to date at this moment (because I maintain those myself) but the other mirrors should pick up the updates automatically soon enough.



  1. Mike Langdon (mlangdn)

    Thanks Eric! That was a minor annoyance, but I was intrigued by the question about Libreoffice and the color scheme. We’ll see what happens….

  2. gegechris99

    Thank you Eric for the patch. It shows your attention to details

  3. Wild Wizard

    Yay now we can re-enable the oxygen widget style.

  4. Alex

    Works fine, thanks!

  5. pcelka

    Thanks Eric!

  6. Andry

    Thanks a lot, and it’s working fine!

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