Frequently asked questions - Writer

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These automatics annoy me!

LibreOffice is configured to add some layouts automatically while text is being typed. This automatic formatting can be useful, fun or really annoying when not expected or wanted.

  • To (de)activate ALL of them, select Format ▸ AutoCorrect ▸ While typing
  • To (de)activate only some of them: Tools ▸ AutoCorrect Options or Format ▸ AutoCorrect ▸ Autocorrect Options
  • A compromise is to set the options to be available on demand: you keep the functionality but they are not invasive. This is possible for the Options and Linguistic options tabs.
    • Uncheck [T] to prevent the replacement while typing
    • Check [M] for the replacement to be available on demand for existing text using the command Format ▸ AutoCorrect ▸ Apply (works on a selection)


AutoCorrect dialog available through the Format menu options

For the Autocorrections to be of use to you, you have to know them and know how to recognize them, so...

How to recognize them?

When I type I get this is under Module
The word "abotu" Another word
about
The replacement table (3) Use the replacement table
(1) Modification
All
SOciety Society COrrect TWo INitial CApital (3) All
coordination Coordination Capitalize first letter of every sentence (3) (cf. FAQ 034) All
*Hello*_the world_ Hello the world Automatic bold and underline (3) (cf. FAQ 035) All
www.libreoffice.org ou jean@documentfoundation.org "http://www.libreoffice.org/" ou "mailto:jean@documentfoundation.org" URL Recognition (3) (cf. FAQ 032) All
1st, 2nd, 4th 1st , 2nd, 4th Format ordinal numbers suffixes or
Replacement table
(4) or
(1)
All
text: text : Add non breaking space before specific punctuation marks (4) All
<a_word><a_space><2_hyphens><a_space><a_word><a_space> ex: This man -- yes, him!

or

<a_word><a_space><1_hyphens><a_space><a_word><a_space> ex: This man - yes, him!

Replace a hyphen by a dash:

This man – yes, him!

Replace dashes (3) All
<2_spaces> The second space can not be entered Ignore double spaces (3) All
* a first point<Enter> • a first point
Apply numbering-symbol (3) Writer only
1 bottle of milk<Enter> 1. bottle of milk
2.
Apply numbering-symbol (3) Writer only
--- <Enter> === <Enter> or ___ <Enter> Lines with different styles added to the paragraph Apply a border (3) (cf. FAQ 031) Writer only
a series of + and - like +---+---+ A table Create a table (3) Writer only
<a_sentence><Enter><Enter> The size of the characters is enlarged and the sentence looks like a title Apply Styles (3) Writer only
" « or another sort of quote Double quotes (4) Writer only
A dot and continue to type after ex: that was right. this day ; the character is not capitalized after the dot and "Capitalize first letter of every sentence is marked" Table of exceptions (2) Writer only
Int Int/roduction/ (the word is completed) Word completion (5) (cf. FAQ 005) Writer and Calc
1. in a table 01/08/01 (a date) Numbers recognition (6) Writer only


(1) Menu Tools ▸ AutoCorrect ▸ Replacement [tab]

(2) Menu Tools ▸ AutoCorrect ▸ Exceptions[tab]

(3) Menu Tools ▸ AutoCorrect ▸ Options[tab]

(4) Menu Tools ▸ AutoCorrect ▸ Linguistic options [tab]

(5) Menu Tools ▸ AutoCorrect ▸ Word completion [tab] for Writer ; Menu Tools ▸ Cell contents ▸ AutoInput for Calc

(6) Menu Tools ▸ Options ▸ LibreOffice Writer ▸ Table