Create Text Frames in Open Office Writer
(This blog was written for versions of OpenOffice up to Version 3.4.0)
If you are moving from Word to Open Office Writer you may be looking for Text Boxes. In Open Office Writer Frames are used. These can hold all kinds of objects including images, graphics, text, formulae and watermarks.
Frames can be placed anywhere on the page.
From the Tool Bar > Insert > Frame. Accept the defaults in the 'Frame' Window and click OK. This will put a small rectangle on the page. This can be resized using the green handles. Place the cursor on one of the green handles and when it turns to a double arrow drag out to the size required. If clicking on a corner green handle and dragging, the frame will retain its ratio.
Click inside the frame and begin typing to add text. Once finished writing, the frame can be moved wherever you like. Click on the frame border to get the green handles again, and then place the cursor in the frame. With the cursor changed to four arrows the frame may be moved to any position on the page by holding down the left mouse and dragging. At any time the green handles may be removed by clicking outside the frame.
With the green handles around the frame a double left click anywhere on the frame will bring up the 'Frame' window. The Frame window gives tabs for options such as – Type, Options, Wrap. Hyperlink, Borders, Background, Columns and Macro. Here – set margins, text wrapping, number of columns contained within the frame, borders (set style from list or Choose None), Colour including transparency etc. Remember to click OK to accept the selections.
A single right click on the frame border will bring down a menu list with the selections of Arrange, Alignment, Anchor, Wrap all of which have a further list of selections. Other items are Description, Frame (which brings up the full frame window) and Cut and Copy.