LibreOffice: Advent Tip #22

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LibreOffice has several hidden gems, ignored by the majority of the users. One of these gems is the creation of editable PDF forms, which is a rather comprehensive feature and not a simple tip (but after 20 days, even the most basic user is now a skilled LibreOffice user…).

I will try to summarize the feature, which is explained in brief in this short tutorial (PDF) and in detail in a chapter of the LibreOffice Writer Guide (PDF).

Starting from an empty Writer document, and activating the Form Control and (optionally) the Form Design Toolbars, the user can access a …

LibreOffice: Advent Tip #21

LibreOffice offers a large number of dictionaries for spell checking documents and presentations. They are available from the Extensions website, and can be searched by using one of the pre-configured selections (as shown in the picture).
Dictionaries …

LibreOffice: Advent Tip #19

LibreOffice Calc allows to show quite easily the top 10 values in a spreadsheet column with the AutoFilter function, which is activated with the menu Data > Filter > AutoFilter (image on the left). Once active, the function shows a down arrow i…

LibreOffice: Advent Tip #18

odf-guidance.odt - LibreOfficeDev Writer_004 LibreOffice allows to select the language to check the spelling of a document – or a paragraph – by clicking on the language area of the status bar. The action opens a menu with different options: first, the available dictionaries for the document, and then other choices from disabling the spell checker to choosing a language for a paragraph.…

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LibreOffice: Advent Tip #17

donations_003LibreOffice allows to save different versions of the same document in the ODF file. The feature can be accessed with the menu File > Versions…, which opens the dialog windows on the left.

The different options on this dialog window allow to save a new version of the document, or to force the software to always save a new version on closing the document.

Once the different versions are saved, they are listed in the box of Existing Versions. The user can select each version, and perform several operations: open, show or delete each single version, or compare two versions.…

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LibreOffice: Advent Tip #14

AcquU LibreOffice Presenter Screen is a useful tool for presenters, as the name implies. Unfortunately, only a minority of Impress users are leveraging this feature, which can be activated with a few easy steps:

  1. Open the Display (or Screen) control panel, and turn Mirroring Off.
  2. Configure the Impress Slide Show Settings with the menu Slide Show > Slide Show Settings, and in the Multiple Display area select the appropriate screen for the presentation (usually, it is named “screen number 2” or “alternate screen” or “secondary screen”).

  3. Launch the presentation hitting F5 or using the menu Slide Show > Start from First

LibreOffice: Advent Tip #12

Untitled 1 - LibreOffice Calc_001 LibreOffice Calc allows to select a large number of cells without using the mouse (which might be rather awkward if the area is extremely large). To select the area, it is necessary to enter the range in the Name Box. For instance, to select the cells between A1 and I20, as in the picture on the left, you enter A1:I20 and press Enter on the keyboard.…

LibreOffice: Advent Tip #11

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LibreOffice allows to add comments to Writer documents, with the menu Insert > Comment (shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+C). Comments can be added to a single word, a sentence, a paragraph, a link, or a specific point in the text. This feature is useful, for instance, to collect comments on a document before the final version. Comments have a different color for each user, to make it easier to attribute them to the right person. The down arrow on the right side of each comment allows to delete the single comment, all comments from an author, all comments from all authors, or to …

LibreOffice: Advent Tip #10

Find & Replace_001LibreOffice offers a powerful search and replace option of regular expressions – like, for instance, tabs, soft line breaks and empty paragraphs – based on the powerful International Components for Unicode (ICU) Regular Expressions engine. A complete list of the regular expressions can be found on the ICU Project website.

A list of the regular expressions most used by LibreOffice can be accessed via the dialog windows which opens when you enter Edit > Find & Replace… Clicking on the Other Options… arrow, you expand the list, from which you can select Regular Expressions. Hitting the Help button opens …

LibreOffice: Advent Tip #9

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Libreoffice offers a number of different icon sets, which can be selected from the menu Tools > Options > LibreOffice > View. The default Linux icon set is called Human, while the default Windows icon set is called Tango.

Together with Galaxy and Oxygen, they have been the available options for quite a long time (although there have been several improvements to the design of the icons).

The modern Breeze and the monochromatic Sifr (the default icon set on MacOS X) are the new additions. Sifr has been introduced with LibreOffice 4.2, while Breeze has been announced with LibreOffice 5.0.…

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