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  1. Cannot use find and search functionality effectively.

    I'm not experienced in regular expressions. I can't seem to conduct a normal search using Ctrl+F. The search bar pops up but finds and highlights nothing and turns up empty. Not in vim-mode in default mode.

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  2. set utf8 instead of utf8x as default option for inputenc in “New Paper” template

    tex.SE suggest to avoid using utf8x if it is possible. It is quite misleading for novice to get utf8x as default option when creating “New Paper”. I've just wasted about 15 minutes to figure out what's wrong with fncychap package before noticed that I forget to change utf8x for utf8 in newly created paper and this fixed the problem like a charm.

    So please, set utf8 instead of utf8x as default option for inputenc in “New Paper” template.

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    Thanks for the feedback. I agree it would be better to use utf8, but utf8x “just works” with a wider range of accents in European languages. We think it’s the lesser of two evils, but we’re certainly open to other solutions.

  3. Make the preview have fast scrolling on swipe on the iPad

    I use my iPad with the preview in full screen while I work on my other computer with full screen latex, but it's hard to use the preview on the iPad because scrolling is entirely 1:1 with finger motion, so you can't swipe and release to fling the page and scroll quickly like you can with webpages.

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  5. Open PDFs in new window

    Small suggestion -- in Chrome, clicking the PDF button loads the current document in PDF.js in the same window. Ctrl-clicking doesn't help.

    Not sure if this is possible (ie, whether it's down to the browser / PDF.js extension), but is there any way you could make it load in a new window instead?

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  6. Favorite templates

    I would be nice to mark existing templates (from other authors) as favorites.
    This would allow quickly retrieving a previously viewed template, and to rank them to see which ones people use, etc.

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  7. Customize compile frequency

    [Similar to other suggestions but not quite in this form] Continuous preview is generally great but IMO sometimes, too enthusiastic. Presumably triggered by typing delays - perhaps this delay could be user-set as I imagine its optimal setting would depend on user/project etc

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    Thanks for the feedback. We’ll look into making that configurable, if there’s enough interest. Watch for improvements to preview speed soon. In the mean time, you can switch to manual preview mode and then hit Ctrl+. to generate a preview whenever you’d like one.

  8. Scrivener Integration

    My workflow involves Scivener for the initial organization/writing/collating and then up to Overleaf when the final structure is more or less in place. At this point in the writing process there is no going back - a rubicon that could be dissolved by being able to import/export with Scrivener.

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  9. Clicking a project or clicking the overleaf banner (links) should open in same tab, not a new one.

    Clicking a project or clicking the overleaf banner (links) should open in same tab, not a new one.
    Jumping between projects easily ends in many open and redundant browser tabs

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  10. Fix cleveref

    I have found that \cref results in reference undefined where \ref works fine.

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  11. Is it possible to use external references between different projects?

    Using the \externaldocument command from the xr-hyper package one can reference other tex documents on a local file system. Would it be somehow possible on Overleaf?

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    Unfortunately, we don’t currently support external references with xr, because Overleaf projects are isolated from each other. (They may not even be on the same server.) We’ll see if there’s some other way we can provide this kind of functionality.

  12. German Dictionary insufficient

    The German dictionary is missing a lot of very elementary words and is therefore pretty useless to me. Can't you just include the hunspell-de or the aspell-de dictionary? Or maybe allow the import of .dic files to a project?

    Examples of trivial missing words:

    Schwerpunkt
    Überblick
    Vorschrift
    Baustein
    Datenbank
    Baustelle
    Vorbereitung
    Vorstellung

    Also lots of composite nouns aren't working. like "Teil" and "Bereich" are in the dictionary, but "Teilbereich" is marked as misspelled.

    Thanks a lot
    Max

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  13. allow to upload empty files

    I can't upload empty files for some reason. This is convinient to create a bunch of project files stubs locally and upload it to Overleaf.

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  14. Does overleaf have spreadsheets?

    I need to collaborate with my friend in real time, adding contents to rows and cells of a spreadsheet. Does overleaf have spreadsheets like excel?

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  15. Bug using Rich Text editor with algorithm environments

    When using the Rich Text editor, once I have added an algorithm using the algorithm and algpseudocode packages, the rich text editor beyond those environments no longer updates to show my any rich text.

    I have a screenshot of the issue, but can't seem to upload it here.

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  16. to fix cut, copy via right-click menu

    Currently I get an error message, that copy/cut isn't supported via the right-click menu.
    Please, try it, it's unnecessarily annoying.

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    Thanks for the feedback. Unfortunately, browsers restrict access to the clipboard for security reasons, so we are limited in what we can do here. If there is enough interest, we can look at going back to the browser’s default right click menu, which works reasonably well for copy and paste, but doesn’t let us provide some of the other features in the context menu, like synctex. Thanks again for taking the time to write this in.

  17. Ability to change the font of the rich text view editor

    e.g. to a serif font like times new roman

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  18. provide an easy to read key map for vim, emacs, and "default" option

    The only keymap I could find is the one at http://codemirror.net/keymap/emacs.js and that is by far too complicated to read for a non-programmer. And there seems to be none for vim and the default overleaf key map.

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    The vim and emacs modes are still evolving pretty quickly, and ideally they’ll converge on the actual vim / emacs keymap. In the mean time, adding this kind of documentation to the CodeMirror project would be a great way to contribute! Thanks for the feedback.

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  20. Move block to separate file

    Like the "toggle comment" feature, it would love to be able to mark a block of text, click "separate" (or something like that), provide a file name and then the text would automatically be moved to that file and replaced with an \include.

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