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OpenOffice.org: The Need for Style

Feb 19, 2010, 21:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

[ Thanks to Roland for this link. ]

"A style is a collection of formatting instructions that you set once and then apply as needed throughout a document. For instance, in Writer, you might create a title style for italicizing the names of all the books mentioned in your document.

"Using styles takes a different perspective and may require more initial planning than manual formatting, but it makes reformatting much easier. It also makes tools like outline numbering or generating tables of contents far simpler to use.

"You can see a list of styles in any OpenOffice.org program by selecting Format -> Styles and Formatting, or by pressing the F11 key. Either way, you open the Styles and Format floating window that you'll want to keep open as you design your document and format it. If you want, you can move it outside the editing window so it doesn't cover any of the document."

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