Chapter 3: Managing TextDocuments With Writer
The Style Concept in NeoOffice
Styles for characters, paragraphs, frames, numbered lists and pages (or cells in tables) are
always saved with the document. If you wish, you can copy the Styles of one document
to another document and choose whether or not to overwrite (replace) Styles of the same
One nice feature of NeoOffice is that you can turn any document, (including the
Character, Paragraph, Frame, Numbering and Page Styles it contains) into a template.
When a new document based on this template is opened, all those Styles are available to
NeoOffice comes with predefined Styles for all document types. Thus, when you want a
new text document, use File > New > TextDocument. A new, blank document is opened
with these fixed settings. You may add or modify the styles used with a document as
work progresses and, if desired, this document can be turned into a default template by
saving it via File > Templates> Save. Any Styles that are custom defined and are
contained in the default template will then apply to all new documents created with this
This is particularly useful when you are producing documents in a series, or when you
want all of your documents to portray a “corporate image”.
The Styles in the Styles and Formatting Window
Open the Styles and Formatting window by selecting Format > Styles and
Formatting or by clicking the Styles and Formatting icon on the Formatting toolbar.
All the Styles and Formatting window functions are explained in NeoOffice Help.
At the top of the Styles and Formatting window are icons for selecting the Style type to
display. These are, from left to right: Paragraph, Character, Frame, Page, Numbering
Styles, Fill Format Mode, New Style from Selection and Update Style.
The scrolling frame of the Styles and Formatting window lists available styles in the
active Style category. That is specified in the list box at the bottom of the Styles and
For example, in the graphic below, the word “Automatic” is selected in the list box at the
bottom of the window. Writer offers the Styles in that “Automatic” category. To see all
the Styles of a Style type, select “All Styles” from the list box.
Select Paragraph Styles, if it is not already selected, by clicking the Paragraph Styles icon
in the Styles and Formatting window. The list of Paragraph Styles appears.
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