Style dialog: redesign layout of properties to reduce width
Win 10. MS 3.2.3 (Official). 1680 X 10150 px, 47 cm x 30 cm screen.
Despite attempts to reduce the size of the Style dialog (#276404: Format > Style window is too large), it is bigger than ever – blotting out most of the screen on a Win 7 laptop. Minimum dimensions:
MS 2.3.2: 21 cms by 17 cms.
MS 3.0.0: 22.5 cms x 21cms.
MS 3.2.3: 25.7 cms by 19.5 cm.
The minimum width has increased by 3 cms over 3.0.0: nearly 6cms greater than it was in 2.3.2. The minimum height has decreased a little, but could it be reduced further – i.e. to 17 cm, as it was in 2.3.2? The user needs visual feedback from the score when making changes to the Style dialog, so the user must be able to resize the dialog box to suit the screen size and resolution.
Note: The "collapse arrow" serves no useful purpose in 3.2.3: it simply allows the other section(s) to expand horizontally. But as there is already enough horizontal space to accomodate the text and widgets, all it is doing is adding extra grey space to the dialog.