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OpenOffice Writer User Guide
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Introduction to fields

Fields are extremely useful features of Writer. They are used for data that changes in a document, such as the current date or the total number of pages. This chapter describes how to use a few of them.


Fields have a gray background when viewed on screen, unless you have deselected the Field shadings checkbox or changed the color of field shadings on the Appearance page of the Options – dialog box. This gray background will not show when you print the file to hardcopy or PDF.

To turn field shadings on or off quickly, choose View > Field Shadings or press Control+F8.

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