Inserting images in Writer Part 3

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    In this description you will learn some techniques for inserting images in LibreOffice Writer.

    Insert images centered in the document

    If you are writing documentation, you also want to minimize the effort involved in inserting and labeling images.

    Image inserted centered in the document

    Specifications for an inserted image can look like this:

    • An image should appear centered between the page margins (image width from approx. 5 cm).
    • There should be a gap at the top and bottom of the next paragraph.
    • There should be no sideways text wrap.
    • The anchoring should include an empty paragraph so that the image with caption frame represents a separate paragraph.

    To meet these requirements, an additional paragraph style is required and a frame style must be adapted.

    Preparing the Styles

    Since, as already mentioned, an additional paragraph style is required, you will now create this.

    Open the sidebar in the menu View ▸ Sidebar, ( Ctrl+F5 ).

    Select the „Paragraph styles“ icon in the „Styles“ area on the right.

    Rightclick on the „Default Paragraph Style“ paragraph style and select New…

    Enter a name in the „Paragraph Style“ dialog in the „Organiser“ tab - name: „Figure Centre“.

    In the „Next style“ field, select „Body Text“.

    In the „Alignment“ tab, select „Centre" under "Options“.

    Click on OK.

    Now select the „Frame Styles“ icon in the sidebar in the icons area above.

    Rightclick on the „Graphics“ frame Style and select Edit Style…

    In the „Frame Style“ dialog in the „Wrap“ tab, select the spacing for the Top and Bottom. - Top: „0.25 cm“ and Bottom: „0.50 cm“.

    Click on OK.

    You may want to save the document with the customized Styles as a document template.

    Inserting a picture

    To insert an image, proceed as follows:

    Place the cursor in an empty paragraph.

    Insert an image, for example by clicking on the „Insert image…“ icon on the „Standard“ toolbar.

    Select the desired image in the file browser and then click Open.

    The image is now inserted in your document.

    Rightclick on the image and select Anchor ▸ As character from the context menu.

    The image is now positioned on the left and the text on the side is pushed down.

    Place the cursor to the right of the image and assign the paragraph style „Figure Centre“ by doubleclicking on it.

    This will reposition the image centered between the page margins.

    Rightclick on the image and select Insert Caption… from the context menu.

    In the „Insert Caption“ dialog, select the Category (e.g. „Figure“) and enter the caption for the image in the „Caption“ field.

    Click on OK.

    The image is now positioned centered between text paragraphs as a separate paragraph with the definition anchor „As character“ and has a lower left-aligned caption.

    Inserting a small symbol or graphic into a sentence

    Inserted a symbol in a sentence

    For example, if you want to insert a small symbol into a sentence, proceed as follows:

    Insert the image (the symbol).

    The anchor of the image may be „On paragraph“.

    In this case, the anchor cannot be moved.

    Select the inserted symbol so that the anchor is visible.

    Right-click on the symbol to open the context menu.

    Select Anchor ▸ To character from the context menu.

    This allows you to drag the anchor with the mouse to the paragraph where you want to insert the image.

    The image may displace the text; you will fix this step by step.

    In the next step, adjust the symbol size to the font size of the paragraph text.

    In the sidebar Ctrl + F5 under „Properties|Position and Size“ check the box „Keep ratio“.

    Change the height to approx 0.4 cm (for a Liberation Sans font size of 12pt).

    Rightclick on the symbol again and select Wrap ▸ Parallel.

    Use the arrow keys to move the symbol to the desired position in the text (approximately).

    Rightclick on the symbol and select „Properties…“.

    In the „Image“ dialog select the „Wrap“ tab.

    For Spacing, enter 0.10 cm for „Left“ and „Right“ and 0.00 cm for „Top“ and „Bottom“.

    Click on OK.

    Insert a second space in the text at the desired position if necessary.

    Use the Alt + Arrow keys to fine-tune the position of the symbol.

    When the symbol is the right size and in the right position, rightclick on the symbol and select Anchor ▸ As character in the context menu.

    Inserting a full-page image on the first page of a document

    When creating a book, there is often a desire to place a full-page image on the first page (also known as the cover page).

    You can achieve this with a separate Page Style, such as the existing "First page" Page Style.

    Image inserted full page

    Modifying the "First page" Page Style

    You will now modify the "First page" Page Style so that the desired image can be inserted on the entire page.

    Open the sidebar via the menu View ▸ Sidebar, ( Ctrl + F5 ) and click on the "Styles" icon to the right of it, ( Ctrl + Alt + 2 ).

    Click on the "Page Styles" icon at the top of the sidebar.

    Right-click on the "First page" Page Style and select Edit Style…

    In the "Page Style" dialog, click on the "Page" tab.

    In the "Margins" area, set all values to 0.00 cm.

    Click on OK.

    Depending on the existing or set printer, you will be asked:
    Your settings for the margins are outside the print area. Would you still like to apply these settings?

    Click Yes.

    Save your document.

    Insert a picture on the first page

    Reopen the document in which the first page is to have a full-page image.

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    The image to be inserted should be suitable for a DIN A4 page. (approx. 500-1000kB)

    Place the cursor on the empty paragraph at the top left of the first page.

    Doubleclick on the "First page" Page Style.

    Select Insert ▸ More Breaks ▸ Manual Break... from the menu.

    A page is inserted after the first page, with assignment to the "Default Page Style" Page Style, as this is set as a next style in the "First page" Page Style.

    Place the cursor back on the empty paragraph at the top left of the first page.

    Select Format ▸ Page Style… from the menu.

    In the "Page Style" dialog, select the "Area" tab and click on the Image button.

    In the left area under "Image", click on the Add / Import button.

    In the file browser, select the desired image for the first page and click Open.

    In the next dialog, you can confirm the name with OK.

    In the middle of the "Page Style" dialog under "Options" and "Style", select "Stretched" from the drop-down list.

    Click on OK.

    The image should now be inserted on the first page.

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    Make sure that View ▸ Images and Charts is switched on.

    Save your document.

    Further Informations

    Work files

    (in German)

    Formatvorlagen - Einstellungen LO7632.ods“ + in EN

    "01 Bilder einfügen in Writer-T3 - Arbeitsdatei für Video.odt"

    "02 Bilder einfügen in Writer-T3 - Arbeitsdatei für Video.odt"

    TDF-Wiki - Inserting and editing images in Writer

    Insert and edit images in Writer Part 1
    Insert and edit images in Writer Part 2

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