Open Office - Using the Direct Cursor
(This blog was written for versions of OpenOffice up to Version 3.4.0)
The direct cursor allows you to enter text anywhere on a page.
Instead of pressing the Enter key a number of times to move the cursor down the page in Open Office Writer, the direct cursor allows you to click in any blank area of a page to place text, images, tables, frames, and other objects at that position.
At any position on the page if you place the direct cursor approximately in the middle between the left and the right margins of a page or a table cell, the text you insert will be centered. Similarly, text is left - aligned when the direct cursor is placed on the left margin or the right margin to right align.
To set the behavior of the direct cursor, choose Tools - Options - OpenOffice.org Writer - Formatting Aids. Place a tick in the Direct Cursor box – Click OK to close the Options - Formatting Aids Window.
A click in a free space in the text document and the mouse pointer changes to reflect the alignment that will be applied to the text that you type:
OpenOffice automatically inserts the required number of blank lines, and, if the options are enabled, tabs and spaces.
It may take a little time to get used to using the direct cursor.