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1. ## Drag and drop files directly into the right sidebar

This concerns making the "upload files from your computer" functionality much more user-friendly by allowing the users to drag+drop a to-be-uploaded file from their computer directly into the sidebar containing the project structure on the left.

Thanks for considering,
Jana

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• ## let edit panel can be set on the right hand side, and the preview panel be on the left hand side.

I prefer to edit my work on the right hand side.

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• ## should not need to add capitalized word to dictionary when lowercase word is already added

When you add a word to the dictionary that starts with a capital letter, it is just correct that the lowercase version of the word is marked by the spell-checker, as it can be a proper noun.

But when you add a lowercase word to the dictionary, then the one starting with a capital letter should be accepted as correct, especially at sentence start. Currently it is not.

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Thanks for the feedback. We have recently improved the spell checker, so hopefully this is less of an issue. If it is still causing problems, please do vote this up so we can prioritise.

• ## allow upload (git push) of specific, additional file names/extensions

I generally edit and build LaTeX papers on my own machine, but I have collaborators who prefer Overleaf. Fortunately, Overleaf's git support lets us work together harmoniously. Unfortunately, Overleaf rejects my attempts to "git push" changes that create files with certain specific names: "SConstruct", ".chktexrc", and ".dir-locals.el".

Each of these files is quite useful to me when managing and building papers locally. While I don't expect Overleaf to support or *do* anything special with these files, it should at least *allow* them to be included in a project tree.

Would you please add these three to your white list? It…

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Thanks for the feedback! Support for more file names is coming soon. In the mean time, if you need a particular file uploaded, please get in touch via www.overleaf.com/contact and we will add it.

• ## ability to completely remove a project

Currently projects that are moved to trash cannot be completely deleted, they just stay there for 30 more days before being automatically removed. Would be nice to add a button to manually (completely) delete a project.

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Thanks for the feedback. This feature is coming soon!

In the mean time, the best thing to do is to remove the content of the project by deleting and/or erasing all of the files.

• ## support vimrc to remember vim settings

In the global settings or project settings, add a section where user can type some vim settings like a vimrc file, so that key bindings and other settings can be remembered. For example, I like to :map j gj and :map k gk, but currently opening a session will replace these.

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Thanks for the feedback! We use the vim mode that comes with CodeMirror, so the most likely way this would happen would be for the CodeMirror vim mode to understand vimrc. Feel free to suggest it there, or maybe we could develop this as a codemirror plugin. There have been some related suggestions already, e.g. https://github.com/codemirror/CodeMirror/issues/3049

• ## Shortcut for inserting $. Like ctrl+b,ctrl+i, please provide a shortcut which puts a two$ characters on both of the selected text. This is helpful because this one of the most used commands in latex.

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• ## allow undo for "Add to Dictionary"

I added a word to the dictionary on accident, and I can't figure out how to remove it. It seems like I can only add words and not remove words I have added.

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More options to edit your custom dictionary are coming soon!

• ## A couple of things ...

Performance is definitely an issue with overleaf. My co-authors and I may not stick with it, primarily because of the slow performance. It looks like two big issues impact performance:
1. The refresh preview is very slow. I tried clicking the "manual" button, thinking then it would not refresh automatically, but it still does. Either manual refresh is not working, or it doesn't do what I assumed it does.

2. vim emulation is extremely slow. Is it implemented in javascript? If so, that might be an unsolvable problem.

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• ## Rich text editor should render user defined commands

I use a lot of commands like
\newcommand{\RR}{\mathbb R}
at the beginning of my document. I like the rich text thing, but it is would be way nicer if it could render the user defined commands.

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Thanks for the feedback. We are looking at how we can understand user defined commands in rich text mode!

• ## Allow users to toggle source/preview panes from left/right to right/left.

I prefer working with source code in the right pane and previewing the pdf on the left. Although I could fake this by opening two separate windows on the same project, I would nonetheless welcome a feature that allowed users to make this (cosmetic) switch within the editor.

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• ## Edit of .bib doesn't work

Modification of an uploaded .bib doesn't work through the overleaf interface.

Tried in firefox and opera, tries to open an additional window, but appears to miss a plug-in decoder?

Thus, I have to add additional references manually. This is quite annoying.

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Thanks for getting in touch. You should be able to edit a .bib file directly in Overleaf by clicking on it in the project menu - unless you imported it from an online reference manager, such as Mendeley (see https://www.overleaf.com/blog/184).

There shouldn’t be any plugins or extra windows, so it may help if you can send us some screenshots and a detailed description of the steps you took before getting the error via www.overleaf.com/contact. Thanks!

• ## simple project copying?

There doesn't seem to be a simple way to "copy and paste" an existing project to create a new one. The "Open a Copy" is confusing and it's not clear if or how to save it under a new name. I assume one can Download and then re-Upload though I don't know if that would simply overwrite/update the original project.

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• ## Reformat LaTex

Auto reformat LaTex Code following certain rules.

The idea is to have a button to reformat your LaTex code like most IDEs do, to reformat you Java code for example.

So for example you have LaTex Code like this:

\begin{matrix}
1&0\\
2&0\\
\end{matrix}

and after some magic by the button it looks like this:

- = space

\begin{matrix}
----1 & 0 \\
----2 & 0 \\
\end{matrix}

I don't know if this is possible but I would really like to see this feature.

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Thanks for the feedback! LaTeX auto-formatting is a great idea, and we’ll see what we can do.

• ## Timeout period is too short?

I don't think the timeout period is adequate. When the system is pegged, and underperforming (which it is, clearly so), the timeout does not scale in a commensurate way.

I was excited to use overleaf but it doesn't seem to be able to manage more than 3-5 pages with 8 or so images without crapping out. I have to manage the document by slicing it up into slivers which is a real PITA. Thumb is tilting ever so slightly from its initial thumbs up state.

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• ## Automatic Replace (like in Google Docs)

Hi!
I would love to have a feature to save some time while typing the same things over and over... define a short term which gets automatically replaced by its long form

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• ## Custom display fonts for editor

I don't use/understand the rich text editor, but the default fixed width font in the regular editor makes some diacritics hard to see. I would be doing a lot less compiling and editing if I could use a display font that was easier on my eyes! Is that heretical, or could it be as simple as the custom themes?

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Thanks for the feedback! We’ll see what we can do to improve the rich text mode and to provide more options for variable-width fonts in the source editor.

• ## Changing settings seems to work oddly (usability problem)

I wanted to change my editor setting. I clicked "Update Settings," and was surprised to get the message:
2 errors found:
Current password can't be blank

I was surprised because (1) nothing on the screen indicated I would need to enter my password again to change my editor, (2) I don't see why I need to re-authenticate to change my editor; that seems like overkill, (3) I was required to enter my password into TWO boxes, "Confirm new password" and "Confirm current password."

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• ## Add keyboard shortcuts/chords for navigating section a-la "C-c =" in AucTex emacs

the best way I could find to navigate sections is via search of name strings - cumbersome considering the suggestion in the title is available in AucTex.

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• ## Show the exact place of the pointer in PDF (jump to pdf)

The "jump to tex" works well, but the other side does not.

I am aware of the "position in preview" feature (Ctrl + Comma):
https://www.writelatex.com/blog/158

But it just shows the related page. I want more detailed matching so I can jump to the exact point in PDF immediately.

It is a very useful idea to have a red oval (or something else) over the exact equivalent position in PDF.

And it's better to have an option to show this oval always (even though it may make the compilation slower). This way there is no need to press "Ctrl + Comma"…

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