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mr2monster
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PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2010 1:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was having this same problem tonight, but I figured out a slick way to make it work for what I needed.

I wanted to put a photo on the background, all the way to the edges, but still have tolerable margins so that I didn't have to manually put in a frame or text box on every page or mess around with the ruler stuff.

I figured it out finally (been playing with it for close to 2 hours now!)

Rather than type, I opted to test out my screen cast software and made a video to show you guys how i did it.

You can check it out here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-Kdu0olTig

Hope that helps. Smile
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g.r.laming
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 11:07 pm    Post subject: Background Images Reply with quote

I have had the same problem, and I remember having this problem when I lived in the UK six years ago now!

I have managed to get a background image via the header section as mentioned above, but this does mean that you lose a great deal of functionality.

I have to assume that nobody uses backgounds on their documents, or this problem would have been sorted out in the intervening six years!!

Is there a method of inserting a background image without compromising the system?

I would have expected better quite honestly.
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And another year later...

...here is the combination of the above tweaks, that works best for me:

    set image as page background
    enable header/footer for top/bottom margins
    insert box into header - set height to page height, width to wanted left margin, margins to 0 and align left/centered on page.
    insert 2nd box for right margin


Best,
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kotpierdzibonk
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kamote wrote:
simply insert your graphic from the menu bar ( insert> graphics>from file )
then drag the corner until the desired size. Right-click on the image, point to Wrap and choose "In Background".

Wink


This would have been a great trick if not for another issue. As soon as I move the cursor away from the page with such a "background picture" either the picture surfaces from the back or whatever is on top of it sinks. Either way nothing but the picture is no longer visible Sad
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mr2monster wrote:
You can check it out here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-Kdu0olTig

Hope that helps. Smile

A friend of mine asked me to help him out with Open Office Writer today. It has probably been a few years since I last used it but I thought I'd give it a shot. Thanks to mr2monster's suggestion I was able to get around this horrible problem. I'm shocked this hasn't been formally addressed yet. I wrote up a step by step for him and thought I would share it here. Thank you mr2monster!

My OpenOffice Version: Apache OpenOffice v4.0.0

Instructions

  1. Open Open Writer, Select "File" menu, then "New Document"
  2. Right Click anywhere on the document/page
  3. Choose "Page..." from the context menu
  4. Click on the Page tab in the window that opens up
  5. In the Margins area of the window set all margins to 0.00"
  6. Click on the Background tab (a warning box will come up, just click Yes)
  7. In the Background tab, the "As" drop down box, Change it from "Color" to "Graphic"
  8. Click on "Browse..." in the File section of this window and select the Tal border image, click Open
  9. In the Type section of this window select "Position"
  10. Click on the Borders tab
  11. In the "Line arrangement" section, Under the "Default" sub-section there are five blue boxes. You want to click on the box that is 2nd from the left. If you hover your mouse over the box it's tooltip reads "Select All Four Borders". After you click that blue box four lines will appear in the "User-defined" area that make a square.
  12. In the "Line" section, under the "Style" sub-section set the line thickness to "none"
  13. Finally in the "Spacing to contents" section there are four border margins. These are what you will use to adjust the Page Margins from now on. Edit these directly when you want to adjust page margins. Any attempt to adjust page margins using the Page tab will start to crop or resize your background/border image. Finally click the "OK" button to save.
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