24 Mar 2021

The Dos and Don’ts of Writer Templates

As we have seen in the previous posts (1st and 2nd) there are many advantages of using templates. And you should use them whenever is possible, they will help you with consistency across documents and will make your workflow more efficient.…

12 Mar 2021

The Dos and Don’ts of Impress Templates

  • Don’t substitute templates by sample documents
  • Template ManagerTemplates contain generic content and structure, and are meant to create multiple documents. In contrast, a document is intended for a single use. While both types are more or less the same, the advantage of templates is the handling within the program (→Template Manager).
11 Mar 2021

Templates- ftw!

Templates can seem daunting and overly complex as any new concept. Hopefully this series of articles will help to understand and clarify some of your worries. If you have never heard of templates or if, for any reason, you tend to avoid them- this is for you.…

22 Jan 2021

How to make a star with LibreOffice

Some time ago we asked the people how they use LibreOffice Draw. And while the expectation was that this module receives only low appreciation the opposite is true. LibreOffice Draw is used to create block diagrams for BPMN processes, mindmaps or technical drawings, to build complex vector drawing for network topology, electrical circuits, floor plans or UI mockups, as a desktop publishing tool to design posters, flyers, business cards, and as a tools to load PDFs for editing.…

6 Jul 2020

Results from the survey about LibreOffice’s web presence

LibreOffice’s basic conception is to be not just a product, the office suite, but a community around it. So we do not only provide downloads and support for the development but also make it easy to join the project. As a consequence, the ecosystem and web presence has grown to a point where we think renovation and consolidation might be necessary.…

10 Jun 2020

Please participate in a survey on our web presence

Screenshot of the WebsiteSince LibreOffice will become 10 years old in September, we believe it’s time to rethink our web presence. That’s primarily the home page https://www.libreoffice.org – but also all the various services that we established in the past for an effective and convenient ecosystem.…

5 Nov 2019

Proposal to conveniently highlight and inspect styles in LibreOffice Writer

Styles are the essence of a text processor. And while experts love to unleash the power of LibreOffice Writer, it’s at the same time a major source of nuisance. In particular when you receive documents from other people, it can be quite difficult to understand the applied formatting and to fix issues around.…

15 Aug 2019

Poll about design preview for dropdown controls

One of the tasks for the design team is to evaluate enhancement requests on our bugtracker. Most are definitely valuable and improve LibreOffice but sometimes we have to balance effort against benefit. We also have to take into account that a function or option for a few users might be adverse to many others, for example by bloating the options dialog.…

26 Jun 2019

Easyhacking: How to create a new “Tip-Of-The-Day” dialog

LibreOffice is an application with a large number of expert features, and though aimed to be easy to use there are always surprising shortcuts to achieve a goal. We post every day a tip on Twitter, and with the upcoming release 6.3 there will be also a tip-of-the-day messagebox when you start the program.…

4 May 2019

Formatted dummy text

The work around user experience often requires to create a minimal working example. Either users report an issue or request enhancements, the comparison with the current situation is necessary. LibreOffice has a built-in feature to create dummy text (type dt and press F3) but this function inserts only unformatted text.…