Wrap Text Beside or Around a Picture - Add Space Between Picture and Text
(This blog was written for versions of OpenOffice up to Version 3.4.0)
Insert a picture in an Open Office text document (Insert > Picture > From File (choose picture)) This will insert picture into the document. Right click on the picture (this will place small green markers around the picture) The cursor will change to four arrows – hold down shift key and move picture to place left centre or to the right of the page. (If you intend having text on the page it is perhaps easier to insert the text on the page before putting the picture on the page.) There are options for wrapping text around the picture. Right click on the picture (this will place small green markers around the picture) then > Format > Wrap > gives the options – Wrap Page – Optimal Page Wrap – Wrap through. After selecting the option, add the text required.
It is possible to add some space between the text and the picture whether the text is above, below, or to right or left of the picture. Right click on the picture and from the list select 'Picture' which will bring up the Picture Window with a number of tabs across the top. Select 'Wrap'. At the top of the window the various options for the wrap are shown. At the bottom of the page under Spacing are listed – Left, Right, Top, and Bottom all with options of setting the spacing. Depending on where the picture is placed set one or more of the spacings chosen. Click OK and this will wrap the text around the picture as chosen.
Slightly different options are available if a graphic is inserted. After inserting the graphic right click to place the handles around the graphic. The graphic can be moved the same way as a picture can. Right Click on the Graphic and from the list go to Wrap and in the side list to this, the wrap options are listed again but at the bottom of the list is Edit. A click on this gives an Edit Window which shows the Wrap Options and at the bottom the Spacings list with options to select for each the same way as with the picture.
This is only a limited list of effects available for pictures and graphics. Frames, flip (vertically and horizontally) background fill (for graphics) rotate are just a few. Insert a picture and and graphic and do some experimenting.
It may help to first set help options to show 'Extended Tips' - (Tools > Options > OpenOffice. Org > General > Tick 'Extended tips' to the right > Click OK.)