Styles in Writer

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The Video "Styles in Writer - V6" links to this page here, which offers further information and details.

This description refers to the version LibreOffice 6.

The Originals ″Aufgabe_Formatvorlagen″ and ″Protokoll_Übungsdatei″ in German language come from the Author (License CC-BY-SA): Ellen Pape, E-Mail:

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

Style names:

  • P_Header (Protocol Header)
  • P_IA (Protocol item of the agenda)
  • P_Text (Protocol text)

Link to the Video

The order in the video is slightly different.

Link to the Video:

Styles in Writer - LibreOffice 6.4

Why styles?

With the help of format templates, it is shown how the protocol is quickly put into the best possible form.

Open the File

You can use the existing protocol ″Protocol model school″. Now open the File.

There in the toolbar ″Formatting″ is showing the Format style "Default Style":

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"Default Style" means that the text has the "Default" style. You will now change that.

For this you first create the new styles.


(Sidebar on/off with Ctrl+F5)

 Note:  For the following tasks (Part 1 to 7), you need an overview of the styles in the sidebar that you receive via Menu: View ▸ Sidebar or Ctrl+F5.

Create, modify and assign styles

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 New, then on tab "Organiser" and enter name P-Header.

Give the new style the properties the header should receive:

Font: Arial

Fontsize: 14 pt

Fontstyle: bold

Font colour: black

Spacing: Above paragraph 0,0 cm and Below paragraph 0,3 cm.

Click on OK

Part 2 – create style P-IA

Create a new style "P-IA". (right-click on ″Heading″, then on New, then on tab ″Organiser″ and enter name P-IA)

In style, specify the properties to be obtained for the item of the agenda:

Font: Arial

Fontsize: 14 pt

Fontstyle: regular

Font colour: Light Blue 2

Spacing: Above paragraph 0,4 cm and Below paragraph 0,2 cm.

Then click on OK

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 New, then on tab ″Organiser″ and enter name P-Text.

Give the new style the properties the text should receive:

Font: Arial

Fontsize: 11 pt

Fontstyle: regular

Fontcolour: black

Spacing: Above paragraph 0.0 cm and Below paragraph 0.2 cm.

Click on OK

Part 4 – modify style P-IA

The style "P-IA" should be provided with numbers:

  • Right-click on the style "P-IA".
  • Then select Modify.... 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 OK, 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 Edit ▸ Select All.

The click in the Menu Format ▸ Clear Direct Formatting 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.

 Note:  The exercise is deliberately chosen in this process. In daily use, you can save some steps by first formatting the entire text with the "P-Text" style. And then bring the Protocol header and the items of the agenda into the appropriate form.

Further Information

Used working documents

The working documents can be downloaded here:

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Documentation / Manuals

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Documentation / Manuals

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