Make your own Sticky Notes to Keep in Open Office Gallery
(This blog was written for versions of OpenOffice up to Version 3.4.0)
Some documents can be brushed up by pasting sticky notes on the pages. You can create some nice notes in OpenOffice.org without much effort. Save them in the Gallery, and then later you can easily position them to any place In your Writer, Calc and Drawing documents.
Create a container in the Gallery for the sticky notes:
1. Open the Gallery. Tools > Gallery or click on the Gallery Icon (looks like a hanging picture) on the tool bar.
2. Left Click New Theme... button to create a new theme. Name it "Sticky Notes" for example.
Create some notes:
1 In Writer, left click the Show Draw Functions icon on the Standard toolbar. The Drawing toolbar opens next to the bottom of the window.
2. Left click the Text icon (with the letter T on it). Then drag a rectangle on the page.
3. Enter some text to keep the text box visible. You are in text edit mode now.
4. Left click outside the text box to leave text edit mode.
5. Left click the text once. Now the text box is selected as an object. You see eight handles to move and scale the text box.
6. Right-click inside the text box to open the context menu.
7. Choose Area to open the Area Window. There are tabs here for – Area, Shadow, Transparency, Colours, Gradients, Hatchings and Bitmaps. Make a choice of colour etc and click OK.
8. Right-click inside the text box to open the context menu again.
9. Choose Line to open the Line Window. There are tabs here for -Line, Line Styles and Arrow Styles. Choose to set the border properties.
10. Right-click inside the text box to open the context menu again.
11. Choose Text to open the Text Window. There are tabs here for Text and Text Animation.
Define spacing between text and borders here and click OK.
Left click outside the text box to leave the selected object.
Double-click the text to edit the text and choose the font style etc.
Store the sticky note in the Gallery: Open the Gallery and in the themes open the Sticky Notes theme created earlier.
Use drag-and-drop to copy the text box into the Gallery. This can be a little bit tricky.
1. First you must left click the text box to see the eight handles. When you see the handles you know that the object is selected.
2. When you just click and drag the object, it will not leave the document's pages. So you must left click the text box and hold down the mouse button for a second or two without moving the mouse. Then, without letting go of the mouse button, start moving the mouse to the Gallery.
3. Now you can release the mouse button to drop the text box into the Sticky Notes folder of the Gallery.
Apply a sticky note from the Gallery:
1. With a document open, open the Gallery. Open the Sticky Notes theme.
2. Drag-and-drop a text box (also known as a sticky note now) from the Gallery into the document. No need to wait a second when you drag from the Gallery.
3. Double-click the text box to edit the text. Select the text and choose Format > Character to open the Character Window for the tabs Font, Font Effects and Position. Change the text color or other character properties and click OK.
By default, the text box is anchored to the paragraph where you dropped it. You can move the text box to another paragraph, and the anchor will follow. You can also change the text box anchoring to be anchored to the page, or to a character.