I've received an ODT file, where the text, intended to have usual page-wide layout appears to be split in two columns. If I copy the text and paste as plain text, I get this:


But in LibreOffice Writer it looks instead like this:

screenshot of the problem

I've tried looking into Format->Page->Columns, but there I have Columns spinbox read 1, so there the setting is single-column layout. Apparently, there's more than one way to have two columns.

What is the feature this document is using? How do I turn it off so that the document became single-column?

  • you can always copy&paste without the formating (just the text) using ctrl+alt+v if thats what you want to acomplish
    – weberik
    Jun 9, 2016 at 14:20
  • @weberik what I want to accomplish is to remove the splitting from the document.
    – Ruslan
    Jun 9, 2016 at 14:44
  • i currently dont have libreoffice at hand to test it myself, but i think you can just move this small triangles in the ruler between the page and the menu bar. try moving it with the mouse completely to the left.
    – weberik
    Jun 9, 2016 at 15:14
  • @weberik at least one letter of each line remains in the shrunk column, so this isn't a solution.
    – Ruslan
    Jun 9, 2016 at 16:43
  • i now got to my linux pc (with writer installed) and tested it. i think you have 2 different formating concepts messing with your layout. 1. the colums (can be set to 1 like you described) and those triangles to set the indent. the indent is in the paragraph formating, the columns in the page/document. try setting both to the minimum
    – weberik
    Jun 14, 2016 at 13:20

1 Answer 1


OK, there appears to indeed be two ways to double the number of columns:

  1. Format->Page->Columns
  2. Format->Columns

Set 2 in one, you'll get two columns. Set 2 in both, and you have four(!).

Well. Not so simple. In this particular file it was this way: Format->Page->Columns dialog had 1 column set, while Format->Columns had 2. When I changed the former to 2, I got 4 columns in the document. When I made both 1, I got what I wanted.

But if I create a new document, these dialogs appear to be synchronized and don't have such strange behavior.

  • I have this identical problem, but there is no Format > Columns in my Libre Office so I can't do [2]. Format > Page > Columns already says '1'. Where do I find Format > Columns? Nov 7, 2019 at 21:55
  • @PeterFlynn in LibreOffice Writer on Linux I have the following Format menu, with the Columns option selected: i.imgur.com/EYIyPwA.png
    – Ruslan
    Nov 8, 2019 at 5:26

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