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Changing default settings: indentation for bullets

 
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gypsydan4
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:09 pm    Post subject: Changing default settings: indentation for bullets Reply with quote

How do you change the default settings in Writer.

For instance, changing the default indentation of bullets. I can make a one time change, but when I reopen the document, the setting is reset to the default

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Create a new paragraph style then in the Outline & Numbering tab's Numbering box assign a List style. List 1 is left aligned. Save such a style in your Default Template for future use.

FWIW, Numbering 1 is also left aligned.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, totally not understood. Shocked

I am coming from using WordPerfect, where doing this is VERY simple.

I am just beginning to learn to use OO, so know nothing about it. Your instructions might be good for someone who uses OO all the time, but not for a new user. I don't even know where to tell you what I don't understand, so I don't know where to go to do what you're telling me, AND there are no instructions I could find in the User manuals.

Thanks for your help.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More . . . .
I should have mentioned, my biggest frustration was not being able to save a newly created format, or not being able to see how to save it for use the next time I open a document.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gypsydan4 wrote:
More . . . .
I should have mentioned, my biggest frustration was not being able to save a newly created format, or not being able to see how to save it for use the next time I open a document.

Thanks,


That is what JohnV was referring to when he said you need to save your results as a template.

I'd recommend having a look at the Styles & Page and Templates chapters aat OOo Authors as a first start.

What you are trying to do is fairly easy but it would be much easier to explain if you have some of the basic terminology and concepts.that OOo uses.

Otherwise we end up giving excrciatingly detailed instructions that may or may not make sense to the original poster. It take a lot longer and leaves the op sitll not understanding what is really going on.

Take half an hour , have a look at those chapters and we probably can deal with your request in a few short sentences.

Good luck
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with jrkrideau but I just want to let you know that I did understand your original question. You cannot make a permanent change in the way OOo sets up bullets when you simply use the Bullets icon. Thus I suggested creating a new paragraph style for that purpose.

The same is true for the Numbering icon. It's not flush left which is usually what I want.

You will find that OOo is very style oriented and if you learn to take advantage of this you will find it very satisfactory.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you all.
I will take the advice you have so graciously given, and see what happens.
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