Formatting Aids options
The display of symbols such as paragraph ends and tabs help you when writing, editing, and doing page layout. For example, you might want to know if any blank paragraphs or tabs are included or if any tables or graphics are too wide and intrude into the margins of the page.
On the OpenOffice.org Writer – Formatting Aids page, select the required options.
Choosing Formatting Aids options
|| Direct cursor lets you enter text, images, tables, frames, and other objects in any blank area in your document. OOo inserts blank paragraphs and tabs to position the text or objects.
This feature is incompatible with rigorous use of styles and can lead to many formatting oddities, so it should be avoided by professional writers.