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Microsoft Office to OpenOffice Migration Guide
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Use templates and styles

Table 5: Use templates and styles

To do this

In Word

In Writer

Find which template is associated with a document

Tools > Templates and Add-ins

File > Properties > General tab.

Specify default template

"Normal" template is default

File > Templates > Organize lets you set any template as default

Create a new template

File > Save As, set type to Document Template (.DOT)

File > Templates > Save

Edit a template

File > Open, choose template

File > Templates > Edit

Copy styles between templates

Tools > Templates and Add-ins > Organizer

File > Templates > Organize. There, you can copy styles with drag and drop between templates.

Create a new document from a template

File > New (opens a list of templates)

File > New > Templates and Documents

Apply a different template to a document

Tools > Templates and Add-ins > Attach, select template, Open

Start a new document based on the different template; copy contents of old document into new document.

Apply a style to text

(Word 2000) Select from Style List or Style dialog
(XP) Can also use task pane.

Format > Styles and Formatting (or press F11), double-click the style in list; after the second use, paragraph styles appear in Apply Style list on the Formatting toolbar.

Change a style definition

(Word 2000) Format > Style > Modify; (XP) can also select in task pane and click Modify

Select a style in the Styles and Formatting window, right-click, and choose Modify.

Create a new style

Format > Style > New

Right-click in Styles and Formatting window, then click New.

Use outline numbering

Format > Style, select style > Format > Numbering

Tools > Outline Numbering

Drop caps

Format >Drop Cap
One character only, can not be part of a style.

Format > Paragraph > Drop Caps tab
Drop caps can be part of a style. Can be >= 1 char or word.

Font size

When a style is based on another style, it is possible to set the font to being a percentage of the font size of the original style. In the font size field simply type the number followed by a percentage sign, for example 120%. This way, changes to the underlying style will be better reflected in this style. To change it back to being an absolute font size type the number followed by the characters “pt”, such as 12pt. It is also possible to specify how many points larger or smaller, for example +2pt for 2 points larger, or -2pt for two points smaller.

Space between paragraphs and page breaks before

In Writer, some paragraph properties behave differently to the way they behave in Word. Specifically:

  • Space before if at the top of a page is ignored.

  • Space between paragraphs: the greatest of space above and space below for the two paragraphs is applied.

  • Page break before: if at the top of a page, does not create a blank page.

This makes using styles possible without having to apply direct paragraph formating to fix issues afterwards.

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