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December 21, 2005

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One of my favorite styles features is the "linked with" (in the modify style -> organizer tab). With it you can define a base "Heading" style, and have all the other headings (header1, header2 etc.) derived from it. All the attributes from the base style are inherited. So if you want to change the font from all heading, you just need the change the defined in the base style.

To apply the Heading1 style, you can use the "Control+1" combination. Heading2 and 3 work the same way. I use this all the time!

Michael,

Excellent tip! Thank you. And that's another reason to use styles with those names. Another is those are the style names that are used by default in outline numbering, which many features are based on. Your TOC will also come out well with little tweaking if you use those heading styles.

Thanks,
Solveig

Hi Paulo,

>> "One of my favorite styles features is the "linked with" (in the modify style -> organizer tab). With it you can define a base "Heading" style, and have all the other headings (header1, header2 etc.) derived from it. All the attributes from the base style are inherited. So if you want to change the font from all heading, you just need the change the defined in the base style."

That is definitely a powerful feature. I tend to do a little more freeform styles sometimes, though that's not *great* style all the time. Good point--if you just want Helvetica for your headings, then use the Linked With feature.

Another nice feature is the Next Style feature, so you don't have to manually switch from Heading1 to Text Body every time.

Thanks for the tip,

Solveig

Solveig,

using styles is quite powerful as you say but at the same time they do not seem to be completely functional in Calc and Impress. In Calc once you attribute a page style of one sheet to another sheet this works. But after saving and re-opening the file the page style attributed is replaced by the original sheet page style.
Difficult to understand also is why sheet styles are not hierarchical.
In impress one can modify an object style so that the object re-sizes with the text. When pasting (through organizer) this object style to an existing object it does not re-size. However, when one drags the objet and copies it at the same time (ctrl left-mouse)the object does re-size to fit the text. Bizarre isn't it ?
Another thing that I thought strange, but nothing to do with styles, is that distribution of objects is well hidden in impress. There does exist a button to align object on the standard toolbar. However, evenly distributing (so easy in ppt) is only accessible when selecting multiple objects, right-clicking them and then select distribute. This brings up a meny with much more sophisticated distribution than ppt. It beats me why this option is not even selectable as a button when customizing the drawing toolbar.

regards

I have a custom style with Comic Sans 12 point applied, and 2mm following para, keep with next. However when I apply it, the text flow instructions are observed, but not the font. Is there something which can override font in a style when it is applied?

Great overview! But, is it possible to delete the predefined styles?

Hello dear
Can i ask one question?
Pleas, how can i make some pages (first three page) without header,
sometimes when i apply the first page styles makes all document to be
without header, pleas it is very important for me

Hello dear
Can i ask one question?
Pleas, how can i make some pages (first three page) without header,
sometimes when i apply the first page styles makes all document to be
without header, pleas it is very important for me

To read more about supressing the page number on the first page, check out this post.

http://openoffice.blogs.com/openoffice/2007/04/openoffice_temp.html

There are templates you can download.

Solveig

Solveig,

used your tutorial on arrowhead shaping: saved me a lot of effort. Thanks a lot!

Do you happen to know whether it is possible to create a kind of a master style storage with a set of linked documents? That is, I'd like to keep all my styles in one place with all my documents pointing to that place. I imagine changing a style in that master storage, and have the change propagated to all documents pointing to that storage. Is this possible? I will be grateful for any hint.

Thank you!

Kirill

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