Graphic styles in OpenOffice.org Draw and Impress
Dec 01, 2009, 16:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)
"Yet even those who are used to styles in Writer tend to
overlook the styles used in other applications. That is especially
true of graphic styles.
"Graphic styles are found in Draw and Impress. They are to a
drawing object what paragraph styles are to a block of text in
Writer. While you could simply copy and paste an oval primitive
when you need another one, by creating a style, you allow yourself
the option of modifying all the objects that use the style in a
matter of seconds, rather than altering each one separately.
"Each graphic style is divided into three main characteristics:
Object characteristics, such as line and area (color); Diagramming
characteristics, which are used when you create a chart or plan,
and Font characteristics, such as typeface and alignment. These
characteristics are all spread over multiple tabs in the styles
"There is also the Organizer tab, where you can name a style and
set its parent style. In addition, the Organizer tab includes a
summary of all settings for the style, much like the one in
WordPerfect, although at nine or ten lines, it can be intimidating
to read or to attempt to locate any characteristic. You are usually
better off searching the tabs for a setting."