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  • pressnine

    (@pressnine)


    The Preview feature in wpadmin seems more difficult to use than previously, requiring more clicks to achieve what used to be a one-click operation (this change came in before WP 5.6, can’t recall when). Now it takes 3 clicks – one to open “Preview” dropdown, another to select “Preview in new tab” and a third to close the dropdown. Is it possible to restore previous simple function? I’ve notice quite a few recent improvements have impeded productivity in my click-filled day.

    Also, I only use Desktop view in Preview so not a material problem for me, but I notice both tablet and mobile wpadmin views only show top line of post title and cut off second line half way through its letters.

    Many thanks
    MG

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  • aegirr

    (@aegirr)

    Many users have complained about this before, but last time I mentioned this I was ridiculed here in the forum. Amazing how some users ignore the fact that this makes WordPress less user friendly.

    Hey @pressnine, there was a desire to show more screen size options in the preview so people can see how their site might look in various sizes. It does require another click to select which size preview you’d like. And just as the other dropdowns, it requires clicking away to close it.

    I also tested in both mobile and tablet sizes and didn’t notice any problem with the the title being cut off.

    Thread Starter pressnine

    (@pressnine)

    Many thanks for rapid reply. I understand that motive, but for those who only need rapid desktop preview it would be good to have the old option.

    I don’t really understand the tablet and mobile options. If I click either and then ‘Preview in new tab’ I only get desktop preview of page in site – same as I do if I choose desktop. I don’t get, for example, a tablet or mobile size preview in my browser (Safari).

    When I click tablet or mobile (without going on to select Preview in new tab, the text edit area reduces to imitate tablet or mobile proportions and that’s where I see clipped title. These smaller edit views seem pointless anyway, since they don’t represent the actual site.

    Am I missing something here or seeing a fault, I wonder? Or could it relate to my theme, Newspaper?

    Thread Starter pressnine

    (@pressnine)

    I might add on the Preview topic that often, after hitting “Preview in new tab” a new tab will open but then hang. The preview never opens. Invariably, second attempt (closing hanging tab, return to wp-admin, call for Preview again it works. A further obstacle to productivity which only appeared when the Preview dropdown appeared a few months ago. I had lived with this for a while but might as well mention it now. It happened on my old Mac, using High Sierra so I blamed the old OS. But now, with newer Mac and latest OS, Big Sur, the problem persists.

    Could this be a theme problem, incompatibility with recent WP updates?

    Thanks
    MG

    Thread Starter pressnine

    (@pressnine)

    Living with the redundant extra-click Preview dropdown, but still wondering why Preview so often doesn’t load? I just had to click Preview 3 times to get a load. That’s using Safari in Big Sur, latest Mac OS. This didn’t used to happen with any old Mac OS a year or so ago. Such an impediment to productivity.

    Thread Starter pressnine

    (@pressnine)

    Also, amidst the welter of new regressions, remember how the Preview tab used to automatically reload to reflect any saved change to the article being edited? No longer does it (at least in Safari). Yet another click is needed to get the job done.

    What has happened to WP? I mustn’t grumble because it’s free, but all the same, doesn’t pride in work drive anyone to address these weird reversals? It all reminds me of Trump and Brexit, where time erases memory and truth.

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