OpenOffice.org Writer is the word processing application included in the OpenOffice.org suite of productivity applications.

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Open Office makes my words bumpy

I'm using OpenOffice 3.4.1 on Windows 7, the Writer keeps giving me these weird bumps in my words. Sometimes, randomly, the words I type have little hills and/or valleys of about one pixel. I took a ...
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How do I stop Open Office from automatically changing the date format?

I am trying to enter a date in a document with the following format: 1 September 2010 However, OpenOffice insists on changing it to: 01/09/10 I've looked in the AutoCorrect options and elsewhere ...
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Turn off tooltip in openoffice while scrolling?

When I scroll through an Openoffice.org Writer document I have a constant tooltip with page number and (when applicable) the bullet I might be hovering over. It frequently obstructs the text and is ...
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How can I do two columns in OpenOffice.org Writer?

I would like to structure my document with two columns in the middle of the page, and one column in the top and in the bottom. Like my example below. How can I do two columns like this in ...
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How to remove rules from a style in OpenOffice/LibreOffice?

When creating a style in LibreOffice, you can "link" them to other rules so that they inherit the other rules styles and only modify specific properties. For example if the default style defines a ...
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Converting Open Office (odt) files to Latex

How do you convert Open Office (ODT) documents to tex files? I have made a report using libre office. Now I wish to continue editing the document using lyx (latex front end). So the ODT file needs to ...
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How to search and replace special characters in LibreOffice / OpenOffice Writer?

I love LibreOffice / OpenOffice, but some tasks we cannot do in it, like mentioned in this question title: search and replace special characters in Writer. Someone does know how to do that? You can ...
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How do I change character encoding of a text file in OpenOffice.org writer?

How do I change character encoding of a plain text file in OOO Writer? I have a text file in Windows-1251 and I'd like to change it to UTF-8.
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How do I create a multi-level numbered list with OpenOffice Writer?

I want to create a multi-level numbered (or bulleted) list with OpenOffice Writer. Eventually, I want to have something like this: 1 foo 1 bar 2 foobar 2 bar 1 bork 2 barfoo 3 huh? ...
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disabling DoWhatIMean behavior in OpenOffice Writer

If I type "2-5" in a table column in OpenOffice Writer, it automagically converts it to 02/05/09. How do I give this program a dope slap and tell it to stop trying to figure out what I mean, and just ...
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auto-replacing my dash makes me sad

I am working in Open Office Writer 3.3.0 and I have come across something a bit odd. When I write a semi-mathematical formula my "-" gets replaced by a "–", a slightly longer dash, and I cannot seem ...
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Keyboard shortcut in OpenOffice to incrementally increase or decrease font size?

Is there a keyboard shortcut in OpenOffice Writer that will allow me to incrementally change the font size? If I'm switching between 12 and 14 and 16 often, it would be much easier to be able to tap ...
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How to move entire headings in LibreOffice Writer?

In documents, text can be a heading 1, heading 2, et cetera. heading1 heading2 heading3 ... For example: t1a abcd ...yyy t2a efgh ...xxx ijkl ...
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Inserting line breaks between/before/after tables

If you make a table at the very beginning of a document or a table right after another table. There doesn't seem to be any way of getting your cursor before/after this table? It seems like it's then ...
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Using search and replace to remove line breaks in Open Office

I've imported a document into Open Office and it has a number of hard returns in wrong places. In MS Word, I could use the search and replace to simply get rid of them all easily, but Open Office's ...
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How to add marginal numbers / recitals to word processing documents?

I'm looking for a stable, user-friendly and flexible way to add marginal numbers / "recitals" to word processing documents. With "marginal numbers" i mean numbers appearing on the page margin, similar ...
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Creating automatic links in OpenOffice

Are there any macros for OpenOffice that enable certain words to automatically be replaced with hyperlinks? Every time I type the word "google" in OpenOffice, I want the word to become a hyperlink to ...
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How do I get custom document properties to export into PDF?

When I export a document to PDF, the Title, Author, and Subject export just fine. However the values in the "Custom Properties" tab in File | Properties, do not get exported into the PDF custom ...
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A less cumbersome way to specify encoding when opening encoded text files

In order to open an encoded text file with the correct encoding in OO Writer, the user goes through File>Open, then selects 'Text Encoded' from a long list of file types, which causes a dialog to pop ...
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Copying / applying styles by keyboard shortcut in Open Office - similar to Format Paintbrush?

I would like to achieve a similar effect of using the Format Paintbrush without having to actually press the button each time. Is it possible to select the Format Paintbrush Tool by keyboard ...
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I accidentally discarded a recovered openoffice file but I desperately need it

I have lost 4 hours of painstaking work. My computer crashed. When I reopened the file there were so many other things going on that I think I inadvertently discarded a recovered version of the file. ...
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Smarter justifying in OpenOffice

Open a new document in OpenOffice, ensure that the default font is size 12 Times New Roman and set the alignment to justify. Now, paste or type the following (all on one line, ignore the reformatting ...
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Creating a list with guided lines in LibreOffice

I created the following list using LibreOffice manually. That means I created the dotted line by pressing the dot character repeatedly (or keeping it pressed for some time) but anyway I am unable to ...
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How do I apply two styles in the same line in LibreOffice?

Problem: How do I apply two styles in the same line in LibreOffice? The main problem is that I need two different styles: one for the index and one that is not supposed to appear in the index ...
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Why is my Table of Contents created empty in OpenOffice/LibreOffice?

I have a document and I would like to create a Table of Content. I tried with Insert > Indexes and Tables > Indexes and Tables... and added a title, then I pressed OK. But I only got a title and no ...
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Open Office - How to change figure numbering?

In Open Office Writer, I have several figures (Images with captions) on a page, but the figure numbers are ordered incorrectly (e.g. 6, 1, 2, 5, 3, 4). How can I change their ordering? I can't find ...
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How to paste from MS OneNote to OpenOffice?

No any text, copied to clipboard from MS OneNote 2010 can be pasted into Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1 Writer. Even if it is just small fragment of plain text. Why? And how to fix?
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List of tables in Libreoffice

I want index of tables or index of figures that are used in Libreoffice Writer document. How can I have index of charts, tables or formulas as it existed in MS Office word ?
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How can I add an additional line break (paragraph return) to each line break found in an Open Office Document?

I have tons of text that runs together paragraph breaks like so: off the wounded, and with the same calmness and composure as before resumed the watch over his armor. But these freaks of his guest ...
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grammar check support in openoffice/libreoffice works as expected?

Apparently, when I go to Tools -> "Spelling and Grammer" dialog box in OpenOffice Writer, it only does the spell checking. Further, it only adds red underlines for spelling mistakes, no green ...
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Is there a subversion plugin available for LibreOffice/OpenOffice similar to MagnetSVN?

I recently came across the plugin, MagnetSVN, for MS Office which allows for svn interaction directly from MS Word. I'm looking for something similar for LibreOffice and/or OpenOffice. I came across ...
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End comment mode via keyboard shortcut in OpenOffice.org Writer

To enter comment mode in Writer one can use a shortcut Ctrl + Alt + N. However, to end the comment I seem to be forced to utilize my mouse. How can I avoid the mouse?
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Dynamically refer to an image in OpenOffice.org Writer

In OpenOffice.org Writer I have a drawing with a caption that I would like to reference dynamically by its associated number. For example: An image has the caption "Drawings 1.3 some text". In ...
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Remove “auto-corrected” line (---, ***) in OpenOffice.org Writer

this question answers the question on how to stop the line from being autocorrected from ---. I don't have a problem with that. I'm having a problem with a saved document containing such a line that I ...
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OpenOffice Writer: preserve hyphen in text

I often use an editor like OpenOffice Writer to build documentation. My documentation is usually technical, and it often includes commands for the terminal. When I format a command, I will indent the ...
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Where does open office writer save its default template

Does anybody know where Openoffice saves its configuration for standard font, size etc? I know i can create a template which gets used as a standard for new documents, but how do i get the location ...
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Where are OpenOffice writer custom styles saved?

I am creating new header styles in OpenOffice (for example My Header 1, etc...), but where are these custom styles saved? Is it in the document or the application? If I open my document on another pc, ...
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How to extract email ids from a document using Word or Writer

I have a document(.doc) with hundreds of email id's in it placed randomly in the text. How do I isolate the email ids, so that I can export them to my Gmail Contacts? I would like a solution to this ...
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Automatically copy control value to multiple locations in OpenOffice

I have a document that needs to be edited frequently. Only a couple of values in the document change each time I edit it. How do I set the document up so that I only edit one instance of a value and ...
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How to add multiple words as one expression in OpenOffice dictionary

I'm writing a German text on open source. I'd like to set the OpenOffice spell checker to the following behavior: Accept "Open Source" (with capital letters) as a correct word, but highlight any other ...
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Evenly-spaced table rows, where table encompasses entire available height

Consider a page which may have a header, footer, and a list of questions with a heading: Some Company Header These are your questions: 1. What is your name? 2. What is your quest? 3. ...
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How can I tell where an OpenOffice Writer document extends beyond set margins?

I am using OpenOffice.org Writer to create a PDF, and have explicitly set margins of 1" all around. CreateSpace, which I am creating the PDF for, has rejected my PDF on the claim that it does not have ...
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Indextable numbering space

There is no space between the outline numbering and the TEXT in my Table of Contents. My heading styles 1 - 3 have bullets_and_numbering/position/minimum_space_numbering<->text 0,38cm but the ...
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Word 2010 content control compatibility with OpenOffice

I have documents created in Word 2010 with plain text content controls which are used as templates for letters. However when I open the documents in OpenOffice 3.3 Writer the text in these content ...
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Creating fillable, saveable PDF in OpenOffice.org results in garbage

I've been creating beautiful fillable PDFs using OOo Writer under Ubuntu for a few years. However, I've recently been asked to make them saveable rather than just printable. So, I go to my ...
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OpenOffice Writer default to Web Layout

Is there a way to get OpenOffice Writer to always open documents in Web Layout? Or, at least properly respect the view of the document? That is, if a document was in Web Layout when saved, then ...
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User manual template for OpenOffice Writer [closed]

Where should I look for a user manual template for OpenOffice 3.2 Writer? I am busy wading through Google results, but I ask here in case somebody knows of a definite good source and has possible ...
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How can I create a custom OpenOffice / LibreOffice Writer table AutoFormat scheme?

None of the basic table AutoFormat schemes in LibreOffice Writer have both an alternation style defined and no sum column/row style defined. If they have alternation, they always seem to have sums. ...
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How do I use address data in Calc to populate labels in Writer in the OpenOffice.org suite?

I have a list of mailing addresses in a calc spreadsheet - one column per line in the address. I want to print them out on a sheet of labels. When I open a new labels document, there doesn't appear ...
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Odt file crashed what can I do?

a very important document(my finishing thesis) that I have been writing using openoffice 3.1.1(its a .odt document) kept crashing everytime I opened it. So I downloaded openoffice 3.2.1 and opened the ...