Use Colors in LibreOffice

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How to use colors - settings and choices.

This description refers to the version LibreOffice 5.2.

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Colors and color palettes

The terms "Color table" and "Color list" is used analogously to "Color palette" .

Colors are defined in Color palettes.

LibreOffice is inherently equipped with a so-called "standard" Color palette.

And you can also create your own (user-defined) Color palettes.

Editing of color tables

The menu Tools ▸ Options ▸ LibreOffice ▸ Colors ▸ Properties can be used to create new colors or change existing colors.

Normally, or after starting LibreOffice, the Color palette "standard" is displayed here.

Since everyone can add or change colors in the "standard" Color palette, not every "standard" Color table is the same as the other one.

See Image: "Colors Options" Dialog

In newer versions

in the "Paragraph Style" Dialog pick a Colour - LO72

Example: Writer, paragraph style, Custom color table.

  1. Right-click on the "Default Paragraph Style" and choose New….
    Click on the tab "Area" and choose the button Colour.
  2. At "Colours | New" select the desired color via RGB or Hex value or via the Pick….
    Click on the button Add at "Custom Palette".
    In the "Name" dialog, enter a name for your new color and click OK.

Step 2. repeat for other colors you want.

When you have entered all the colors you want click Cancel.

See also: Colors

Change a color using the color values

In this dialog you can now add new colors to the Color palette or modify existing colors.

For quick modification click on any color (e.g. yellow) in the Color palette.

Then you see the color in the two color boxes above.

We click on Add and enter a new name, e.g. "Medium yellow".

The new color is added to the palette at the end.

We click on the new color and enter the desired values, R = 255, G = 255, B = 127.

Now click on Change and OK.

You have now created a new color "Medium yellow".

Select and change a color visually

"Choose Color" Dialog

However, you may prefer to select a color visually, or you may have received special specifications in the HSB (HSV) color space (for hue/saturation/brightness).

To do this, select the button Select… in the "Options - LibreOffice - Colors" dialog.

In the "Select a color" dialog that opens you can now make further settings.

Specify your required color, the base color above the color bar.

You can then click anywhere in the square color area.

The values for RGB, HSB and CMYK are immediately displayed for the clicked point.

If you like the color, just click on OK.

The color is displayed in the lower color space.

See Image: "Choose Color" Dialog

This color can then be applied with the Add button.

Create a new Color palette

Now you can create a new Color palette.

See also Create Color palette in LibreOffice.

Select color in the LibreOffice Components

In the individual Components of LibreOffice the colors can be selected directly.

As an example, you open Writer and write the word "LibreOffice".

Mark the word and you can directly select the displayed color, e.g. using the "Color for highlighting" icon.

Or you select the small arrow next to the "Highlight Color" icon and in the appearing drop-down menu "Highlight Color" you can choose a color table and a color or select Custom Color….

Colour Replacer

Tools ▸ Colour Replacer menu
" Colour Replacer" dialog
" Colour Replacer" icon

(Texts taken from the online help. LO72)

The Colour Replacer can be accessed in LibreOffice Draw and Impress.

Open the Colour Replacer dialog, which is used to replace colors in bitmap files (for example BMP, GIF, JPG or PNG) and meta-graphics (for example WMF).

Up to four colors can be replaced at the same time.

The transparency attribute is also considered a color.

You can replace transparency in an image with a color, for example, white.

This is useful if, for example, your printer driver has problems printing transparent graphics.

You can also use the Colour Replacer to make colors in images transparent (translucent).

To access this command:

  1. Choose Tools ▸ Colour Replacer…. Colour Replacer Icon
  2. Click the Colour Replacer icon and position the mouse pointer over the colour you want to replace in the image. The colour appears in the box next to the icon.
  3. Click the colour in the image. The colour appears in the first Source colour box and the check box next to the colour is selected.
  4. In the "Replace with box", select the new colour. This replaces all occurrences of the Source colour in the image.
  5. If you want to replace another colour while the dialog is open, mark the check box in front of Source colour in the next row and repeat steps 3 to 5.
  6. Click Replace.
 If you want to expand or contract the colour selection area, increase or decrease the tolerance
 of the Colour Replacer tool and repeat your selection.

Colour Replacer colour

Displays the colour in the selected image that directly underlies the current mouse pointer position. This features only works if the Colour Replacer tool is selected.


Replaces the selected source colours in the current image with the colours that you specify in the Replace with boxes.


Lists the source colours and the replacement colours.

Source colour check box

Select this check box to replace the current Source colour with the colour that you specify in the Replace with box.

Source colour

Displays the colour in the selected image that you want to replace. To set the source colour, click here, click the Colour Replacer, and then click a colour in the selected image.


Set the tolerance for replacing a source colour in the source image. To replace colours that are similar to the colour that you selected, enter a low value. To replace a wider range of colours, enter a higher value.

Replace with

Lists the available replacement colours. To modify the current list of colours, deselect the image, choose Format - Area, and then click the Colours tab.


Select the colour to replace the transparent areas in the current image.

Replaces transparent areas in the current image with the colour that you select.

Further Informations

Online help

Colour Replacer - LO72

Replacing Colours - LO72

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Documentation / Manuals

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