Moving, resizing, and changing frame attributes
When an object is added to Writer, it is automatically enclosed in a frame of a predetermined type. The frame sets how the object is placed on the page, as well as how it interacts with other elements in the document. You can edit the frame by modifying the frame style it uses or by using a manual override when a frame is added to the document. Frame styles are discussed in Chapter 7, â€œWorking with Stylesâ€.
To change the size or location of a frame, first select the frame, then use either the mouse or the Frame dialog box (Figure 90). Using the mouse is faster but less accurate. You might use the mouse for gross layout and the dialog box for fine-tuning.
You can resize the frame manually (by clicking on the green squares and dragging to the appropriate size) or start adding content to it (the frame will resize automatically if you, for example, add a large picture to it) or go back to the Frame dialog box and set the size and other characteristics.
To change the location of the frame using the mouse, drag and drop one of the edges or having the cursor anywhere within the frame. (The I-bar cursor changes to a four-headed arrow when properly positioned for a drag-and-drop move.) To change the size of the frame, drag one of the handles. Drag a handle on one of the sides to enlarge or reduce the text frame in one dimension only; drag a corner handle to enlarge or reduce it in both dimensions.
These resizing actions distort the proportions of the frame. Holding down the Shift key while dragging one of the handles makes the frame keep the same proportions.
You can open the Frame dialog box (Figure 90) at any time by selecting the frame, right-clicking, and choosing Frame from the pop-up menu.
To remove the default border on a newly created frame, open the Frame dialog box, go to the Borders page, and under Line, select None. Alternatively, you can assign a borderless frame style to the frame; see the Chapter 7, â€œWorking with Stylesâ€, for information on frame styles.
Do not confuse a frameâ€™s border with the text boundaries that are made visible using the View menu (by checking View > Text Boundaries).