Page Layout in Open Office – Using Sections
(This blog was written for versions of OpenOffice up to Version 3.4.0)
Open Office Writer provides several ways for control of page Layouts.
1. Page Styles
A section is a block of text that has special attributes and formatting. Use sections to
1. Write protect text
2. Hide text
3. Dynamically insert the contents of another document
4. Add column, margin indents, background colour or background graphic to a portion of the document
To create a section:
1. Place the cursor at the point in the document where the new section is to be inserted. Or select the text that is to be placed in the new section.
2. From the main menu, choose Insert > Section. The Insert Section dialog opens.
3. Click on the Sections tab (if it is not already displayed)
The Insert Section dialog has five tabbed pages.
Use the Sections page to set the section's attributes
Use the Columns page to format the section into columns
Use the Indents page to set indents in the right and left margins of the section
Use the background page to add colour or a graphic to the section's background.
Use the Footnotes/Endnotes page to customize the section's footnotes and endnotes
At any time you can reset a tabbed page to its default setting by clicking the Reset button.
Using the Section page to set the attributes of the current section -
Writer automatically enters a name for the current section in the top box of the New Section area. To change the name, type over it. The name is displayed in the sections category of the Navigator window. If you give you sections meaningful names, you can navigated them more easily.
You can insert the contents of another document into the current section and then have Writer update the section whenever the other document is updated. This is called linking the section to the other document.
Note : The section when created appears as a one line area. Place the cursor into the section and paste text or write text into the section area. The section will expand and divide the text equally between the columns you have set within the section. Graphics (from Photographs, Clip Art etc) can also be inserted into sections.
To make changes to the section go to Format > Sections > Options > OK and change previously set attributes or Click on Remove > OK. This deletes the section but leaves the text or whatever had been included in the section which leaves you with the option of deleting that content or leaving it as it now is.
The advantage of using sections over columns is that a section takes up only as much space on the page as the content requires, whereas when a column is set it controls the whole of the page.