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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 window.

"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."

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