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OpenOffice Writer 3.x Guide
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Applying paragraph styles

The most used style when drafting a document is the paragraph style. OOo offers two quick alternatives to the Styles and Formatting window to apply this category of style: the Apply Style menu and the Format Paintbrush icon.

Apply Style menu.

When a paragraph style is in use in a document, the style name appears on the Apply Style menu near the left end of the formatting bar, to the right of the Styles and Formatting icon. You can select styles from this menu, just as you can from the Styles and Formatting window.

To apply a style from this menu, click on the desired style or use the up or down arrow keys to move through the list, then press Enter to apply the highlighted style.

Image:Tip.png Select More... at the bottom of the list to open the Styles and Formatting window.

The format paintbrush can be used to apply a certain paragraph style to another paragraph (or group of paragraphs). Start by placing the cursor inside the paragraph you want to copy, then press the Format paintbrush icon Image:FormatPaint3.png in the standard toolbar. The cursor changes into an ink bottle. Select now the paragraphs to which you want to apply the copied style. Note that it is not required to select the whole paragraph.

Example: Applying a paragraph style

Let's see the three methods described above in action with an example.

  1. Create a new document (choose File > New > Text Document or press Control+N).
  2. Type the words Heading 1 in the new document, but do not press Enter so that the cursor remains in that same line where you typed.
  3. Click the Styles and Formatting icon Image:Styles3Icon.png located on the Formatting Bar or press the F11 key. This opens the Styles and Formatting window.
  4. Make sure the window is showing the Paragraph Styles section—click on the top-left icon of the Styles and Formatting window Image:ParagraphStylesIcon.png.
Click on the Styles and Formatting icon to bring up the window.

Double-click the Heading 1 entry of Styles and Formatting. This does two things:

  • Gives the line (actually, its entire paragraph) you typed the Heading 1 style.
  • Adds Heading 1 to the Apply Style menu.
Applying paragraph styles.

To use the Apply Styles drop-down list:

  1. Move the cursor to a new line or create a new line by pressing the Enter key at the end of the previous line and type some text.
  2. Keeping the cursor on the same paragraph, select Heading 1 in the Apply Styles list.

The text acquires the properties of the Heading 1 style. If the paragraph style you want is not in the Apply Style list, select More to bring up the Styles and Formatting window. If the Styles and Formatting window is still open, you may notice that the Heading 1 style is also highlighted in the main window.

Finally, try the Format Paintbrush:

  1. Move the cursor to a new line or create a new line by pressing the Enter key at the end of the previous line and type some text.
  2. Move the cursor to one of the two paragraphs with style Heading 1 and select the Format Paintbrush icon Image:FormatPaint3.png to activate it (the cursor changes shape).
  3. Move the cursor on the paragraph you have created and click the left mouse button.

The cursor shape changes back to the normal one, and the text acquires the properties of the Heading 1 style.

If the Styles and Formatting window is open, you may notice that the Heading 1 style is also highlighted in the main window.



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