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OpenOffice Writer 3.x Guide
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Examples: Modifying paragraph styles

For this example, we need three lines of text with three OOo-supplied paragraph styles: Heading 1, Heading 2, and Heading 3. These paragraph styles could be used in formating headings (subheads) in the framework for a document that will be “fleshed out” afterwards.

Open a new text document for this exercise and type Title on the first line, click the Paragraph Styles icon on the Styles and Formatting window, and double-click Heading 1 in the drop-down list. Repeat this procedure for the other entries of Figure 14, using the proper paragraph style for each: the Heading 1 style for the paragraph containing the word Title, Heading 2 for Subtitle 1, and so on.

Your document should resemble the figure below.

Headings 1–3 with default styles.

Suppose you decide to make some changes to these styles, namely:

  • Heading 1 should be centered.
  • Heading 3 should be indented.

Center Heading 1

On the Styles and Formatting window, select the Paragraph Styles icon (if it isn’t already chosen), right-click on Heading 1, and choose Modify (as shown below).

Modifying a style.

After the Paragraph Style window opens, choose the Alignment tab, select Center (as shown below), and click OK.

Center Heading 1.

Now, every paragraph marked as Heading 1 will be centered (as shown in Figure 17). If you make another Heading 1 entry, it will be centered as well.

The text Title, which is formatted as a centered Heading 1 style..

Indent Heading 3

On the Styles and Formatting window, right-click on the Heading 3 paragraph style and choose Modify (as before). After the Paragraph Style dialog box opens, follow the steps below:

  1. Click the Indents & Spacing tab.
  2. Under the Indent section, set the indentation before the text to 0.60", as shown below. Your display might be different, depending upon what measurement unit was set in the options (Tools > OOo Writer > General > Settings).
Set indentation.

The result should resemble the figure below.

The text formatted as Heading 3 style is now indented.

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