Professional text composition with Writer
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This description is not intended to be a step-by-step guide.
It is intended to show the interaction of the important tools in Writer to enable the most professional work possible.
This description refers to the LibreOffice 7.1 version on Windows 10.
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Link to the Video (in German [DE]):
Professional work in Writer
When you format your documents without the help of styles, it is called direct or "hard" formatting. (Source: LibreOffice 7.1 Help)
For simple documents, it is usually sufficient to format the writing directly.
This is the modification of text or other objects, such as frames or tables, by assigning various attributes, such as "Bold", "Italic" or "Spacing" and "Font sizes". (Source: LibreOffice 7.1 Help)
Formatting is done from the "Formatting" toolbar or from the sidebar (Ctrl+F5) at "Properties".
You can remove direct formatting from your document by selecting all the text with the keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl+A) and then choosing▸ , (Ctrl+M).
This type of formatting is strongly not recommended for large documents, such as novels, long letters, documentation, or the like.
What does professional work mean here?
The importance here lies in the use of the tools provided by Writer.
These tools are essentially the styles.
You don't do indirect or "soft" formatting to the text, but it is specified in the styles.
The big advantage is that when you change a template, you change all the objects (such as paragraphs, borders, and so on) to which you have assigned that template. (Source: LibreOffice 7.1 Help)
To create good documents and work as quickly as possible, you should take enough time to create the necessary styles.
These are, for example, paragraph styles for headings and paragraphs.
When writing, the basis should initially be unformatted text or the paragraph style sheet should be assigned to "Body text".
When copying blocks of text from other sources, be sure to paste the text into Writer unformatted.
You can do this using the menu▸ ▸ , (Ctrl+Alt+⇧ Shift+V).
In the sidebar (Ctrl+F5) at Styles, you will find the ones that are important for text formatting:
- Paragraph styles ( are applied to paragraphs in the text | What is a paragraph? )
- Character styles (are applied to individual characters, words or parts of text)
To format the unformatted text you have created as quickly as possible and thus make it easy to read, use paragraph and character styles.
Create style sheets for your own needs.
If possible, do not change the "Default" paragraph style.
Note: All other paragraph styles are derived from the "Standard" paragraph style. You can also derive other paragraph styles from existing paragraph styles, such as "Body text". Paragraph templates are structured hierarchically and follow the doctrine of inheritance. Inheritance means that in a derived style sheet, all settings from the predecessor are initially adopted. Only the manually changed settings are different from those in the predecessor.
Derive your own styles from the default ones.
That is, prepare a document (this can be a blank page) in which you create all the required styles, if possible.
Then save your document as a document template and give it a memorable name.
The document template you created, with the styles you created, you can now open again and again via the▸ ▸ menu for new documents and assign the styles for your text there.
Remember to save your new document.
Mix direct formatting and style sheets?
Right off the bat, don't do it.
Some people talk about the hell of formatting in this case.
You can't tell from the text whether it has been formatted "soft" or "hard".
If you now want to change something, there is of course always the danger that a formatting has been used that is above the style you want, see Upper stings Lower.
As of LibreOffice 7.1, the sidebar contains a Styles Inspector selection icon.
If you place the cursor at a position in the text, the Styles Inspector shows you which formatting has been applied at this position.
Upper stings Lower
We know this sentence from playing cards.
Here it means:
- A paragraph style can be formatted differently by a character style.
- A paragraph style and character style can be formatted differently by the direct formatting.
Conversely, it means:
- A paragraph style cannot format text differently that has been handled by a character style or direct formatting.
- Similarly, a character style cannot format text that has been treated with direct formatting.
Order, which formatting is above which?
- Direct formatting (Upper)
- Character styles
- Paragraph styles (Lower)
Where can I find good documents for inspiration?
Samples for good documents are the manuals of LibreOffice
Save newly created documents
Always save documents created in Writer in ODF format (ODT).
What is a paragraph?
A paragraph is always created when the ↵ Enter key is pressed while writing in the word processor.
The end of the paragraph is represented by the character ¶ ("Pilcrow").
The end of a paragraph is also the beginning of a new paragraph.
If the formatting characters are not visible, click on the symbol (Pilcrow) "Toggle formatting characters" (Ctrl+F10) in the "Standard" toolbar.
A paragraph (text) is thus delimited by a pilcrow at the beginning and at the end.
When you open Writer with an empty document, the first thing you see is a pilcrow, i.e. the end character of a paragraph.
A heading is also only a paragraph.
So, for example, if you see a pilcrow at the end of the line above a heading and at the end of the heading, this heading represents a separate paragraph in a line.
If you need a line break within a paragraph, you should press ⇧ Shift+↵ Enter. The line break is represented by a left arrow.
Note: Paragraph switching with ↵ Enter Line feed with ⇧ Shift+↵ Enter
Bauernbrot_DF.odt (in German [DE]) File is formatted directly
Bauernbrot_FF.odt (in German [DE]) File is formatted with Format styles
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