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asked 2012-06-01 18:29:46 +0200benjcmil
I want to make multiple column in LibreOffice Writer. For example, in first page I just want to use One column, but in the second page I want to use Two column. I have tried anything I knew in LO, like column break, or insert Section, or just block the the entire second page and choose Two column, but the first page followed the second page, so it became 2 pages with 2 column. Any solution? Thanks before
answered 2012-12-03 17:06:07 +0200Alfonso
You could just select everything from the second page on, and Insert -> Section. Then you name the section, go to the columns tab, and select 2 columns. Every setting inside a section overrides the page setting, so the rest of the document will remain 1 column. Also, instead of manually placing the section in the second page, you could go to the beginning of it, and Insert-> Manual break... And select a page break, so everything you write in the first page, won't affect the rest of the document.
answered 2012-06-02 03:26:42 +0200mariosv
The columns number is defined in the Page style, I think you need create one second page style without columns. Sometimes a good approach and more flexible is using tables.
Please see this answer. Multi-column layouts are very much possible in LibreOffice Writer and they are actually much more flexible than they are in Microsoft Word. With sections (and sections within sections), a very complex layout can be defined. If you know some HTML, you can better understand what sections are by comparing them to
div elements. Sections are a generic block-level division of the document that allow the definition of a layout that arbitrarily differs from the default layout of the document. By naming sections, you can even give them different “classes” based on their purpose and reproduce them in different parts of the document.
All this courtesy of the excellent ODF 1.2 spec.
answered 2012-12-05 07:58:48 +0200ROSt52
@CyanCG Thanks for questioning my earlier comment. I made a test. Column can be set for each section in serval ways. VERY EASY!.
Thus the answer to the very first question should be, column settings can be changer per page or per section. If done per section on one page there are several column settings possible.
Writer adjust the lines in each column very well.
answered 2012-07-19 17:10:25 +0200Voltaire
The last answer by marisov is not particularly helpful. The issue to be addressed here is why section breaks do not permit multiple column formats on a single page. I have no answer to that question, which must come from a developer.
The only work-around I've discovered is using frames to push text aside, and to insert columns into the frames. That kind of layout starts to become too complex for the current capabilities of Libre Office; better off using a quasi layout tool, or a professional desktop publishing program.
I have abandoned trying to use columns in LO Writer because the whole concept as a feature hasn't been carefully enough thought through.
Until section breaks do actually create entirely new, independent sections, the idea of columns seems premature for LO Writer.
Best of luck
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Asked: 2012-06-01 18:29:46 +0200
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Last updated: Dec 05 '12