The Video "Styles in Writer - LibreOffice" links to this page here, which offers further information and details.
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What are the advantages of styles?
When using styles, we talk about indirect or "soft" formatting.
This means that you don't apply the formatting to the text, but define it in the styles and then apply it to the text.
With the help of format styles, the protocol is quickly put into the best possible form and you thus receive good-looking documents.
In a style/paragraph style you can adjust several properties for your needs at the same time.
For example, font, font size, font color, and much more.
If you apply styles to all paragraphs, they will inherit the properties defined in the paragraph style.
Now, at a later time, you remember that you want to change the text color.
Then you change the text color in the assigned paragraph style and all paragraphs immediately adopt the new color.
Where can I find the styles?
Here you can find the
- Paragraph styles
- Character styles
- Frame styles
- Page styles
- List styles
- Table Styles
The "Formatting" toolbar
There in the ″Formatting″ toolbar is showing the "Default Paragraph Style" style.
"Default Paragraph Style" means that the text has the "Default" style.
However, the display of Style here depends on the position of the cursor and which template was used at this position.
Styles - Built-in and Custom
All Styles can be found in the Sidebar.
If the Sidebar is not available, select▸ ( Ctrl+F5 ) from the menu.
An open Writer document always has at least one Style/Paragraph style associated with it.
Styles - Built-in
Once you have installed LibreOffice correctly, you will find the Styles in the open Writer document.
You can find them in the Sidebar.
You can customize the properties of Built-in Styles.
However, you cannot rename or delete these Styles.
However, you can hide most of these Styles.
Styles - user defined
You can create your own user-defined Styles or derive them from existing Styles.
Right-click on an existing Style, e.g. "Default Paragraph Style" or "Text Body" and choose.
Then click the "Organiser" tab and enter a name for the new Style.
Change the properties (e.g. font size, color) that you want to assign to the text.
Assign a Style
Place the cursor in the text to which you want to assign the Style.
If the sidebar is not visible, open it with ( Ctrl+F5 ) and double-click on the desired Style.
Exercise - Create, modify and assign styles
Please refer: Writer-Übungen Teil 1, Arbeiten mit Formatvorlagen
An already written "Protocol model school" protocol is used for this task.
The protocol will be formatted with styles.
It should look better after formatting.
- P = protocol
- TC = teachers' conference
- IA = item of the agenda
- P_Header (Protocol Header)
- P_IA (Protocol item of the agenda)
- P_Text (Protocol text)
To do this, you first create the new styles.
You change styles.
Then you assign the styles to the Text and Headings.
Open the File
You can use the existing protocol ″Protocol model school″, see Used working documents.
Now open the File.
Part 1 – create style P-Header
For the formatting of the protocol header, you will now create a new style "P-Header".
Right-click on the style "Heading". Click then on, then on tab "Organiser" and enter name P-Header.
Give the new style the properties the header should receive:
Fontsize: 14 pt
Font colour: black
Spacing: Above paragraph 0,0 cm and Below paragraph 0,3 cm.
Part 2 – create style P-IA
Create a new style "P-IA". (right-click on ″Heading″, then on, then on tab ″Organiser″ and enter name P-IA)
In style, specify the properties to be obtained for the item of the agenda:
Fontsize: 14 pt
Font colour: Light Blue 2
Spacing: Above paragraph 0,4 cm and Below paragraph 0,2 cm.
Then click on
Part 3 – create style P-Text
Now, starting from style ″Text Body″, create the "P-Text" style.
Click on "Text Body" with the right mouse button and choose, then on tab ″Organiser″ and enter name P-Text.
Give the new style the properties the text should receive:
Fontsize: 11 pt
Spacing: Above paragraph 0.0 cm and Below paragraph 0.2 cm.
Part 4 – modify style P-IA
The style "P-IA" should be provided with numbers:
- Right-click on the style "P-IA".
- Then select . Then in the Dialog box ″Paragraph Style: P_IA″ choose the tab ″Outline & Numbering“.
For Numbering/Numbering style, select: Numbering 123.
As soon as you press, all items of the agenda change.
Part 5 - Remove all hard line breaks
Remove all hard line breaks feeds or returns, as they are unnecessary as a space between paragraphs.
Part 6 - Clear Direct Formatting
In the Menu click▸ .
The click in the Menu▸ or with the keys Ctrl + M.
Part 7 - Assign styles
Now, the header, the items of the agenda, and the text are each assigned the style, as follows.
Move the cursor to the header or paragraph (if the sidebar is not visible, open it with Ctrl + F5 and double-click on the desired style.
Part 7.1 – P_Header assign to the header
Mark the header.
Double-click on the style ″P_Header″.
Part 7.2 – P_IA assign to the items of the agenda
Mark each items of the agenda. Double-click on the style ″P_IA″.
Part 7.3 – P_Text assign to the text
Mark each text. Double-click on the style ″P_Text″.
Do exercises on your own
Try applying alternative values in the styles.
Especially for styles with Indents and Spacing - Spacing Above paragraph respectively Below paragraph.
Used working documents
The working documents can be downloaded here:
- Exercise - Working with styles in Writer V6.4
- Protocol model school V6.4
- Protocol model school V6.4_Solution
- "Format styles settings"
Documentation / Manuals
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