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18 November 2008 @ 04:52 pm
Usefulness and a Question  
For those of you who are ever in my situation (have Windows OOo at work and need to merge multiple presentations), this tip works absolutely perfectly. Thanks tip-provider.

Tip reproduced under the cut for the link-averse.

Select the slide after which you want to insert new ones then select
Insert->File... and select the presentation you want to insert.

You can insert the entire document, or select individual slides.

Now for my question. It has to do with columns. As a teacher, I do a lot of formatting and sometimes I want to type in columns and then sometimes I suddenly realize that I want to type out of columns in a section of text immediately below. I can do that if I originally type one-column and then highlight text and change the number after it is already typed. However, if I've already typed in say, two columns, I cannot figure out how to have a section break and get it to go back to just one.

I have a feeling that the solution is amazingly easy but I'm just failing to see it. Help?
ormeco on November 29th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)

I think the solution should be easy but I fail to see your example. Are you trying to overlap text to the next column ?

There are three possible beaviors for a cell text:
* The text will fill the entire cell and will "spill" into the next available column if it doesn't fit in the current cell
* The text will never spill to the next column, but will generate multiple lines on the same cell.
* The text will have its font size decreased until it fits on the available cell length.

If you wish to change this behavior you need to go to cell format/cells and then click on Alignment. The two last checkboxes there control that behavior.

Another thing you might want to explore is to merge several cells into one, selecting Format/Merge cells.

I hope this helps.

You can configure that behavior under
ジャねこ]theinfamousj on November 29th, 2008 12:19 am (UTC)
Sorry, I should have specified that it is in a text document. Not a spreadsheet.
ormeco on November 29th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
Second try.

I'm the one who's sorry, I should've seen that we were talking about the writer application from the start.

The solution to your problem is to have an extra carriage return at the end of your document, and when selecting multiple columns at the end of your document, exclude the carriage return from your selection.

If you set the ending part of a document as multiple column, there is no way to go back to single column.

Hope this helps a bit.
ジャねこ]: fencetheinfamousj on December 1st, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Second try.
Thank you so much. I feared that there was no way to go back to single column if I hadn't had the foresight to put an extra carriage return in my document.

I suppose I shall just make it a habit to put that extra carriage return in.