Style and formatting issues

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Style and formatting issues

Postby kipps » Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:11 pm

I'm trying some hobbyist typesetting for a bookbinding project. In the "styles and formatting" dialog box, I can see that all my even numbered pages are shown as a "left page" template, and my odd numbered pages are a "right page" template. This is exactly like I want it.

I was hoping I could pick out an individual page in the book, and change it from a "right page" style to another custom style with different header/footer characteristics. I can't get it to work.

Am I hoping for more than LibreOffice is capable of?

Further, if someone could suggest a good tutorial on page styles and formatting, I'd be much obliged.
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Re: Style and formatting issues

Postby RoryOF » Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:43 am

Will reply in about 5 hours. Details I need of documentation are on other computer, currently offline. What you want to do is easily possible.
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Re: Style and formatting issues

Postby keme » Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:11 am

Background:
Selecting a particular page style in OpenOffice and its "offspring" (of which LibreOffice is one), is only available when forcing a new paragraph to start on a new page.

Howto, briefly:
  • First, define the page style you want to change to in the "styles and formatting" toolbox. Consider whether it is useful to set "next page" in that style to use the running left or right page style you are currently using.
  • For running text without structural breaks (headings etc.), insert a manual page break by menu selection, and pick the page style you just created.
  • If you want a particular class of page (e.g. starting page of every new chapter) to use that page style, you can see the "text flow" tab of the "Heading x" (or some other) paragraph style, where you find "insert break" and "with page style".

As mentioned above, this is just a brief description of how things work. Feel free to post again if you need more detailed help.
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Re: Style and formatting issues

Postby RoryOF » Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:51 am

See the file referenced in this posting for an overview
Structure Instructions

This document may also be informative:
Writer for students (several languages)

Bruce Byfield's book, Designing with LibreOffice, also covers Apache OpenOffice. It focuses on the use of styles and templates, mainly in Writer but with some info on Calc, Impress, and Draw.

A PDF of the book, and/or a zip file of the chapter ODTs, can be downloaded free from the book's website. If you prefer, you can buy a printed copy. http://designingwithlibreoffice.com
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Re: Style and formatting issues

Postby John_Ha » Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:18 pm

As a new poster you will find much useful information in the Writer FAQ, the Writer Tutorials, the up to date Writer guide and the Writer Manual. When a pop-up window opens, click the Help button for extensive help on that function - it is often more comprehensive than the manual.
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See the Writer Manual, the Writer FAQ, the Writer Tutorials and the Writer guide.

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